TIPS FOR TEACHERS WITH ELLS
Consider cultural background...imagine YOU are recently employed in a foreign country or studying the native language of a foreign country! You will face differences in these issues:
GENDER, TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS, FORMER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE, HOME SITUATION, WORK ETHIC, TIME DEMANDS TO TRANSLATE AND THEN COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS AND HOMEWORK, SOME STUDENTS ARE ALSO STUDYING THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE WITH WEEKEND CLASSES AND HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS.
SPEAK SLOWLY so ELLs and recently exited ELLs can understand what you are saying. Provide outlines and notes for them to highlight as you talk so you and they can monitor how well they understand what you are saying!
MODIFY AMOUNT OF WORK, ESPECIALLY READING ASSIGNMENTS
PRINT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, RATHER THAN CURSIVE WRITING
INCREASE INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION
USE COOPERATIVE LEARNING TECHNIQUES, CAN DO DESCRIPTORS TO ADAPT INSTRUCTION
DO ORAL PRESENTATION (rephrase- student to teacher and teacher to student, repeat, and speak clearly and slowly)
GENERATE SUMMARY SENTENCES FOR SHORT SEGMENTS OF TEXT
MODIFY TESTS AND QUIZZES TO REFLECT COMPREHENSION OF SMALLER UNITS OF INFORMATION
MAKE EXPECTATIONS BRIEF AND CLEAR
DO NOT USE NEW WORDS ON TESTS THAT ELLS HAVE NOT HAD EXPLAINED TO THEM
ASK FOR SUMMARY SENTENCES IN WRITING INSTEAD OF ESSAYS,
USE CLOZE ACTIVITIES, WORD BANKS, MATCHING EXERCISES SHOULD BE IN GROUPS OF 5, ALLOW MORE TIME
ALLOW THE USE OF NOTES, TAPE RECORD RESPONSES, ALLOW PRACTICE TIME WHEN STUDENT GIVE ORAL RESPONSES
Monitor the social and emotional well-being of the ELLs. If you observe signs of depression, low self esteem, social problems, developmental issues, problems with health or hygiene or if you need help understanding family and ethnic dynamics, contact the ESL teacher and school counselor.
*Here you can access a file of information on how the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and the Four domains of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing by grade level can go together and help you understand what an ELL can do. SAS PDE ELPS +
* Click here to access information on Assessment for ELLs.
* Click here to upload information on strategies and
technigues to use when teaching ELLs. There is
also a list of sites you can access.