Archive of Sheltered Instruction – ELL

Software Uses Auditory Methods to Boost Language Acquisition

Posted on May 05, 2011

Computer programs are playing a larger role in helping students learn a new language. Computer programs are playing a more active role in language acquisition, and many include features that let English as a Second Language (ESL) students and those learning a foreign language have conversations with their computers or hear a computer read aloud sentences that the students struggle to write. For example, designed for ESL students, English in a Flash uses aural teaching cues to help build st

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12 Steps to Better Writing for ELLs

Posted on May 05, 2011

The biggest challenge when teaching writing to Gr. 4-12 new learners of English is that many of them develop their text in their native language and then try to translate into English. This translated writing is full of inaccurate verb tenses and unintelligible sentences. There are so many errors that editing becomes problematic for teachers. I feel strongly that it is better to help students avoid writing in English through the filter of their native language. “I like be eagle becas ea

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Co-Teaching With ESL?

Posted on May 05, 2011

Collaborative Teaching: Are Two Teachers Better Than One? In a collaborative or co-teaching setting, the ESL teacher “pushes into” the general education classroom to collaborate with the teacher. Ideally,  co-teaching involves two credentialed professionals who are partners in the instruction of the lesson. One professional is a classroom or subject area teacher and the other is a certified ESL teacher. They have equal responsibilities for planning instruction and there are a variety

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Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners

Posted on May 05, 2011

Each student comes to school, not only with unique academic needs, but also with unique background experiences, culture, language, personality, interests, and attitudes toward learning. Effective teachers recognize that all of these factors affect how students learn in the classroom, and they adjust, or differentiate, their instruction to meet students' needs. Getting started...Read more HERE> Author: Karen Ford

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ELL, SLD or Both?

Posted on May 05, 2011

When ELLs Struggle: Recognizing the Signs It is important for educators who are screening English language learners (ELLs) for learning difficulties to consider that some behaviors that are considered signs of a learning disability also resemble linguistic behaviors of students learning a second language (L2). In addition, the behaviors may reflect cultural differences or values of students coming to U.S. schools from other countries and educational systems. The following table highlig

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Differentiated Instruction Allows Students to Succeed

Posted on April 04, 2011

Treat Children Differently? One of the hardest things for a teacher to do is to treat students differently. It goes against our very nature. We are programmed to treat each child the same as we would treat any other child. No child deserves special privilege, nor does any child deserve less attention—regardless of race, gender or academic ability. It grates on our nerves when that know-it-all student who always sits in the front row always demands time to show off. It frustrates us to

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RTI in Reading for English Language Learners

Posted on April 04, 2011

A considerable amount of evidence suggests that approaches involving early intervention, ongoing progress monitoring, and effective classroom instruction consistent with Response to Intervention (RTI) are associated with improved outcomes for the majority of students in early reading and math. Considerably less information exists, however, about the effectiveness of these approaches with a growing population of students, English language learners (ELLs) at risk for reading problems. This art

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Middle School Students Find Their Voice with Digital Cameras

Posted on April 04, 2011

Some years ago I taught a life skills class to a group of eighth grade boys. The curriculum I offered wasn't working. They were disengaged -- they wouldn't read, write, or talk about what I wanted them to talk about -- and they were mounting a rebellion. "What is going on with you?" I confronted them; I was losing my patience. Credit: "My World" project by ASCEND students. Their retort: "You know nothing about our lives. You don't know what it's like to live in the neighborhoods we live in.

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Primary Language Support for English Language Learners

Posted on March 03, 2011

One of the greatest strengths ELL students bring to the classroom is their primary language (L1). Richard Ruiz (1984) reminds us that effective programs for ELLs view the primary language as a resource, rather than as a problem to be overcome. Even in non-bilingual classrooms teachers can utilize their students’ L1 in a manner which will make content-area instruction in English much more comprehensible. As Krashen (1985) has pointed out in his Comprehensible Input Hypothesis, students acquir

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Classroom-Tested Tech Tools Used to Boost Literacy

Posted on March 03, 2011

To improve reading skills, many teachers are harnessing the technology they already have—such as webcams, audio recorders, blogs, and other Web 2.0 tools—to boost literacy in students. “With schools being so cash-strapped, we can’t go around and buy a new program all the time,” says Adina Sullivan, a 4th grade teacher at the 720-student San Marcos Elementary School in California. “You can go with something that you can find a lot easier at no cost and make it work for what you n

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