This is the final blog post in our series about using the new Mentoring Minds Resource Library for convenient access to strategies and best practices offered in our collection of best-selling educator resources. Use these links to review our previous posts on the Parent and Family Engagement, Standards Mastery, Vocabulary Cards, Social and Emotional Learning and Word Play Activities modules.
Imagine students whose primary language is other than English. Now, visualize these same students sitting in classrooms trying to function in an unfamiliar school system and cultural setting. Teachers are always looking for ways to improve, and especially with students who speak different languages. Teachers need specific actions to implement instruction that support English language learning.
The English Language Learners (ELLs) module can help teachers grow professionally and ELLs to benefit academically. This module offers strategies, ideas, activities, teacher tips, and other information at the tap or swipe of a screen. The intent is to equip elementary and secondary educators who work with English language learners with evidence-based strategies that increase both parent involvement and student success.
The module offers K–12 educators access to applicable tools for planning effective instruction and for guiding ELLs to succeed in school. Within the module, content is organized into categories that appear across the top of the screen. Review content (within each category) by tapping the preferred topic in the scroll bar at the top of the screen or scroll up and down the screen to view all available content.
Let’s take a closer look at how the English Language Learners (ELLs) module supports educators in the design of appropriate learning experiences that prepare English language learners to achieve success.
Categories of Content Inside the Module
- Introduction specifies the benefits of the content in the ELLs module.
- How to Use suggests to educators an array of ways that the module can be used to help ELLs participate equitably in learning and meet grade-level expectations.
- Parents covers how teachers can ease the transition for parents to assist in the education of their children and how to demonstrate value and support for parental reinforcement in learning.
- Culture offers ideas that guide teachers in knowing what to do to show value for the cultures of all learners to overcome misinterpretations, reduce anxieties, and promote comprehension of content.
- Feedback includes tips that guide educators in providing realistic and timely feedback to help ELLs make progress and reach learning goals.
- Environment ideas show value for cultural contributions and encourage participation to maximize student potential and academic success.
- Motivation opportunities are offered to lower anxiety during the learning process for English language learners by making content meaningful and by connecting learning to prior knowledge.
- Questioning contains strategies and tips for designing appropriate questions that prompt understanding and encourage success of ELLs in forming responses.
- Grouping presents strategies that enhance the learning of ELLs through meaningful interactions of working in small groups with language modeling experiences.
- Practice offers a wide range of ideas to help learners reach automaticity and focused practice in the pursuit of a level of proficiency for a skill or for a process.
- Assessment provides a variety of tips and information that guide teachers in making informed decisions about the learning development and performance growth of ELLs.
- Vocabulary provides strategies to help ELLs overcome the challenge of language acquisition and to become a routine part of daily classroom instruction.
- Nonlinguistic Representations details strategies that actively engage students in lessons and encourage students to demonstrate their understanding during and after instruction.
- Content Areas offers techniques or strategies that help ELLs increase self-confidence and abilities to successfully learn academic content.
- Critical Thinking presents a wide range of strategies to build the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking™ which work to foster skillful thinkers and increase student performance.
- Dialogue Stems/Conversation Starters are temporary scaffolds for speaking or writing, encouraging ELLs to think about and express their thoughts and feelings.
As educators utilize this module, they will learn an array of ideas to use with students from diverse backgrounds, find the value of tapping into students’ background knowledge, and discover a multitude of strategies to assist students in the learning process. Furthermore, teachers will be encouraged to interact with students, parents, and colleagues to ensure that English language learners experience a welcoming environment and improve academic performance.
We hope this series was helpful to you as you’re developing new methods for delivering effective instruction in various learning environments. Please reach out with any additional questions you may have.