Tips for Classroom Teachers of ELL students


Classroom teachers have the opportunity to advance the language and academic development of English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classroom every day! This page contains links to information/websites on second language acquisition, methods for teaching ELLs, techniques for assessing ELL students, intercultural communication, and general accommodations/modifications for ELLs. 

Second Language Acquisition
Stages of Second Language Acquisition--This handout comes from Karen Robinson, SIOP trainer, and is a simple overview of the stages a student goes through in learning a second language. Includes a description of each stage, typical student behaviors in each stage, and classroom implications for each stage of language acquisition.

Methods for Teaching ELLs

Techniques for Assessing ELLs

Intercultural Communication

General Accommodations/Modifications for ELLs
Stoplight Packets--Teaching new concepts is like coming to an intersection when working with ELLs. When working with ELL1s and ELL2s, educators must usually STOP and modify presentation/instruction/activities/assessment. When working with ELL3s, educators usually need to SLOW DOWN and consider what modifications are needed for new topics/tasks. Generally speaking, when working with ELL4s, educators may PROCEED WITH CAUTION with instruction but be aware that a student may need the teacher to temporarily slow down or stop and modify when faced with topics that are completely new or unfamiliar. (See...learning intersections are like coming to a "stoplight"!) This handout summarizes, for each ELL levels, what behaviors students exhibit and what teachers can do to reach students in the classroom.

Recommended Websites for Teachers -This website includes information about the most effective ways to teach ELL students, methods for encouraging learning, and ways to promote family involvement. -Teachers who work with English Language Learners will find ESL/ESOL/ELL/EFL reading/writing skill-building children's books, stories, activities, ideas, strategies to help PreK-3, 4-8, and 9-12 students