Did you know that total English immersion from Pre-K to 3rd grade is NOT the best way for an ELL student to learn English? I didn't realize that! In fact, this scholarly article covers a lot of common misconceptions about how students learn a language and what language they benefit from cognitively as well.
Technology is not just for enrichment anymore and is a very useful tool in all areas of education! This powerpoint was prepared by a teacher for teachers to get a run-down on useful apps for all content areas, with a briefing on their general purpose. Many of the apps target early learners, but the real focus is how to use the apps for instructional purposes, not enrichment or gaming. Great hands-on resource!
I've included a link for this amazing survival guide filled with both research-based instructional techniques and hands-on strategies to implement in the classroom. This starts with a broad view and philosophy on ESL and ELL curriculum, then moves into thematic units packed with resources, student samples, guides, and other evidence of classroom tested-teacher approved ideas for what works with this population.
This resource includes inspiring videos and blog links that are geared toward building the oral language skills of all students in academic settings. These methods will help all students, but are especially helpful for multilingual students to develop their reasoning, understanding perspectives, and deepening content knowledge. These videos teach five tips for engaging students in academic conversations, and will surely be worth your time!
This two-minute video gave such an innovative and inspirational highlight of one Kindergarten teacher's take on getting parents of this unique population actively involved in his classroom. It also allowed him to help teach the families alongside the students! If this is inspirational for you, there are more resource links to other articles with direct strategies on this site.
What a straight forward, excellent list of helpful practices for teachers with large immigrant populations! These practices, used regularly, will help all learners but are necessary for effectively reaching students with language barriers. Not only that but including the teaching methods that are not useful for reaching this population allows you to be reflective of your own practices and re-evaluate how you are doing reaching these students.
When I found this resource, I did a little happy dance! Starting with some background and ending with actual supporting resources for activities and lessons, this website is jam packed with information!