Strategies for Helping English Language Learners that were Born in the United States

English Language Learners come from a diverse set of backgrounds. There is a large segment of ELLs that were born in the United States. Some of them are the children of recent immigrants, some grow up in poverty, some quickly acquire bilingual literacy skills. The linguistic, cultural, and economic background of an ELL impacts how …

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Gift Card Giveaway + TPT Sitewide Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale on February 14 & 15th. Use the code XOXO to save up to 25% off. I have some bundles that I am in the process of adding spring resources to. These are growing bundles so they will help you save even more during the sale:     …

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Using Scavenger Hunts With English Language Learners

A scavenger hunt is a great way to teach vocabulary terms to ELLs. They also get students up and moving and can give them some control over what terms they choose to find. If students work with a partner or in small groups a scavenger hunt is a natural way for them to practice speaking …

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Improving the Speaking Skills of English Language Learners

Speaking in a new language can be a frightening experience.  English Language Learners often feel embarrassed that they will make mistakes or are nervous about being misunderstood. This can result in newcomers going through a silent period (when they do not speak but are learning a large amount of language).  Even ELLs that have a …

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day & If You Were Me and Lived In… Book Review

I am excited to take part in the 2018 Multicultural Children's Book Day #ReadYourWorld. Exposing students to books that have characters from multicultural backgrounds is extremely important.  For English Language Learners it allows them to see characters like themselves in the books that they read. This includes characters navigating living in a new culture and …

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Valentine’s Day Activities for English Language Learners

Valentine's Day can offer a fun way to teach students about kindness and helping others. It be used thematically with language activities. Here are some ideas for integrating Valentine's Day themes into lessons for English Language Learners. Kindness cards Have students write about their classmates. They can write one nice fact about each classmate. Set …

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