Tips for Working with English Language Learners Help ELLs negotiate meaning These students need comprehensible input, and they need to respond with some type of output. At first this could be a shake of the head, or pointing to an answer. Progress to answering with yes/ no and then giving them a choice of one-word answers (is this Mars or Venus?) Then move from concrete to abstract answers. Examples are “What is this?” then “Why is this?” Build on Native Language Literacy Students will have varying levels of native language literacy. These skills will transfer and it is important to assess their competency in their first language if possible. Students who are literate will be more successful in their second language. Makes lessons visual and kinesthetic Visual clues and hands-on tasks will help your ELL students acquire content knowledge more quickly and at a deeper level. Give simple directions, broken down into steps. They will understand little of what you say, some of what they see and more of what they do!! Be creative and step outside your comfort zone. They certainly are!! NEA Online Professional Development for Educators of English Language Learners: www.neaacademy.org
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