English Language Learners


Engaging and Extending Meaningful Student Dialog in the Classroom

Research has shown that engaging students in academic discourse plays a key role in student learning, and to better engage students in this type of talk. Often, classroom talk is centered on the teacher presenting information, the teacher asking quick answer questions, and students answering those questions. When we think about learning classrooms we want […]


Using Six Successful Scaffolding Strategies

What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes — no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding — just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing […]


Engaging ELL Students In Rich Academic Conversations

Engaging English Language Learners (ELL) in rich academic conversations is not something with which many students are comfortable with. Students often will need to be taught how to engage in discourse, be provided ample opportunity to practice their new skills and be given regular feedback on their practice. When teaching students how to engage in […]


Helping the Struggling Reader Succeed in the Upper Grades

Many people think that reading comes naturally and easily to all people, however, while the brain is hard-wired for speaking, it is not designed for reading. Instead, the brain must be taught to read and during this process, many things can go wrong. Many children, including very bright ones, can have problems learning to read. […]


Professional Development: Making a Difference for Diverse Students

The English Language Learner (ELL) Challenge When Tracy Landon enters her first-grade classroom at the start of the fall school year, she will be in for a challenge. Out of her twenty-two students, only twelve will be native English speakers. The other ten will be non-English speakers who are in a U.S. school for the […]


Supporting Learner Differences in the Classroom

Within any given classroom at any particular grade level, a teacher will understand that their students come from diverse backgrounds and will have unique, personal and individual differences. Subsequently, each and every student may learn new knowledge differently and this naturally, will affect how they perform in the classroom. Understanding learner differences can be an […]

By Jennifer McGregor | Blog