ESL TIPS FOR MAINSTREAM TEACHERS

BroadyELT

ELL students can often become lost in the shuffle in large classes.  Many times they are very quiet and will not advocate for themselves.  Therefore it is essential that they have constructive and quality interactions one-on-one with you each day in class.  I know this is difficult to do because there are always a million things happening at one time, and other students are often soaking up our time.  However this is an accommodation that is checked on most of the PSP’s of our ELL students.  Interaction opportunities can include some of the following:

  • checking for understanding after an assignment has been explained to the class
  • checking for understanding as they are working on an assignment
  • verbally clarifying key ideas in a lesson
  • using gestures as clues to understanding important vocabulary and concepts
  • verbally scaffolding and modeling a critical thinking question (model your thinking processes to come to the necessary…

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