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English Language Learners

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There are many effective strategies and procedures for providing learning opportunities for English-language learners (ELL), even when the teacher doesn't speak their native language. Learn tips for teaching students whose first language isn't English, including ways to ensure they are involved in the classroom with the rest of your students.

  • What Is Comprehensible Input?

    A critical concept for second-language development for students with and without learning difficulties is comprehensible input -- students being able to understand the essence of what is being said or presented to them.

  • What Is Meaningful Access to the General Curriculum?

    The purpose of providing comprehensible input to English-language learners with learning difficulties is to ensure that instruction that deals with grade-appropriate content, concepts, and skills.

  • The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners

    The most common problem in providing meaningful access to the curriculum has been the practice of viewing English-language learners with learning difficulties as simply low-performing native English speakers.

  • Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input

    Providing curriculum access does not absolve districts of their responsibility to teach students how to read and develop other core academic skills. Below-grade material can be used if doing so better assists students in learning a core academic objective.

  • Teaching Academic Language

    Successful educators of English-language learners who are particularly effective with students with learning difficulties understand that demonstrating language proficiency depends heavily on contextual factors.

  • Useful Initial Teaching Strategies

    These initial steps will help immensely in preparing the right kind of instructional environment for English-language learners with learning difficulties.

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