Key components to teaching ELLs

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Key components to teaching ELLs

  1. 1. + Key Components to Successfully Teaching ELL’s Presented by: Meghan Roberts Magruder Fall 2012
  2. 2. +What does ELLmean?ELL stands for EnglishLanguage Learner.ELL’s are students who areexposed to another languagein their homes and arelearning English.
  3. 3. + Key Components in Teaching ELLs  Be Understanding  As an educator, it is important our focus is on making ALL students feel safe and secure in their learning environment.  Be Patient  Just as all students learn differently and at different paces, so do ELLs.  Be Positive  When working with ELLs be sure to focus on the positive – focus on what the child does understand.
  4. 4. + Key Components in Lesson Planning  Defining key vocabulary  Remember that academic language can be more difficult to learn than social language.  At the beginning of each lesson, be sure to define key vocabulary words.  This is helpful for all students not just ELLs.  Scaffold Lessons  It is important to scaffold all lessons. Focus on a small portion of the unit/skill at a time and build onto it as the students master each small portion.  Build in Review  ELL students need repetition of new material.  Be sure to incorporate a myriad of instructional strategies and tools for each unit/skill.
  5. 5. + Tips I Have Found Helpful  Engagement  Successfully incorporating technology into lessons will help engage your students and keep them participating in the lessons.  Share Time  Students learn so much from their peers.  It’s important that as teachers, we allow our students time to share and talk about what they have learned.  Sharing with peers allows students to catch information they may have missed as well, clarify any questions they may have, and process further what they have just learned.
  6. 6. + Helpful Resources  http://www.colorincolorado.org/  Provides resources for parents and educators  Brainpop Jr – www.brainpopjr.com  Provides quick, simple, and educational videos on topics in all subject areas.  Word Their Way  Written by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, and Francine Johnston.  Includes lots of picture sorts used to help students gain a greater understanding of phonics and vocabulary.
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