DEEP DIVE / English Language Learners

Deep Dive: English Language Learners

Engaging and Supporting ELLs

English Language Learners (ELLs) continue to be a growing population in U.S. schools. In fact, nearly five million students, or one out of every ten students, in public schools is an English Language Learner.* You may have a growing population in your classroom already! It’s important to remember that ELLs bring unique assets as well as challenges to our teaching. So, how can all teachers differentiate for ELLs in their classrooms?

By getting to know more about ELLs’ backgrounds, teachers can ensure that curriculum is relevant and meaningful for students. And through specific strategies to teach academic language, teachers can create language-rich experiences that allow for ELLs — and all students — to read, write, listen, and speak in any content area.

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(*source: NPR: English Language Learners: How Your State Is Doing)

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Essential Questions

Let’s dive in and explore the different ways educators can support their ELLs everyday.

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Want to increase your knowledge base and effectiveness in helping ELL students achieve their goals? Enroll in the Learners Edge ELL Certificate Program now! Designed to inspire and educate, this collection of English Language Learner courses was curated to increase awareness about the students and cultures represented in your classroom. Ensure your EL learners reach their potential emotionally, socially, and academically as you guide their learning using culturally competent best practices.

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Scaffolding for Student Success

Scaffolding is a key strategy for teaching ELLs. Watch this video to see how careful scaffolding can help ELLs access complex concepts. 

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Meet the ELL Squadsters!

The FabFive Squadster Team is a group of teachers, instructional coaches, and site and district leaders who are all focused on building sustainable approaches to ELL and multilingual instruction that are highly relevant to teachers, students, administrators, and parents. They represent five different parts of the US: California, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Find them on Twitter: #FabFiveSquad.

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