ELL Writing Strategies

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ELL Writing Strategies

  1. 1. Karen Parrish ELL Writing Instruction January 31, 2010 What Classroom Practices Best Promote ELL Writing There are many effective writing instruction strategies used in classrooms today for ELLs. The goal is to promote academic success in English literacy while at the same time, maintain the ELLs first native language. Classroom practices include the following: 1. Differentiation – All writing assignments should be based upon individual needs of ELLs. Students should be encouraged to write in their first native language literacy as they acquire written English proficiency. This promotes academic success and a sense of identity. Article: “Worlds Beneath the Words: Writing Workshop with Second Language Learners.” 2. Strategies - Effective instruction should be explicit and systematic when employing these strategies: - Draw on ELL prior knowledge - Provide opportunities to review previously learned concepts and teach them to use concepts. - Organize themes that connect the curriculum across subject areas - Provide individual guidance and support to fill gaps in background knowledge. - Provide opportunites rich in listening speaking, writing, and reading. This interaction between teacher and student makes it a very social setting. - Visual cues are especially important when writing. Visual cues help emphasize writing for meaning as well as building vocabulary. Article: “Considerations for ELL’s Writing” 3. Technology in Writing for ELLs. - Technologies to support writing helps students with generating ideas, organizing ideas, finding the right words to convey ideas, use correct grammar, puncuation, spelling, and handwriting. Article: “Technology to Support Writing” 4. Classroom Activities for ELLs Quick Writes Cinquain poems Mini-lessons
  2. 2. Interactive Word Walls Interactive Writing Article: “Improving Writing Skills of ELLs and the Joy of Writing. Video: “What Makes Friends Happy?”

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