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The two English Language Learners (ELLs) at the back of your class say very little. These students already face so many challenges, you don’t want to put them on the spot, so you rarely call on them in class. Many educators tend to look at the ELL student in the classroom from a deficit perspective and see what is missing more than what is there. In fact, these students can bring a lot of richness and stimulation to the classroom and have the same promise and potential as any other student in the classroom if you make adjustments and modifications in your teaching practice.
In this webinar, Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explore research-based practices and practical ideas for teaching English Language Learners of all levels. These strategies work for teachers wtih entire classes of ELL students, but they work equally well for teachers of mainstream English, social studies, math and science classes with just a few ELLs. Each of them will help you be more effective in teaching the student who is still struggling with English.
Their strategies recognize that ELLs are as intellectually capable as any non-ELL student — they just have the added challenge of having to learn a new language and culture. Larry and Katie will illustrate each teaching strategy with classroom stories and with their extensive experiences teaching ELLs in Sacramento’s largest inner-city high school. They are committed to making the webinar as interactive and practical as possible. Come ready to participate!. Webinar leaders will ask you to discuss questions with your own small group or reflect on your own experience and share your responses with others.
- Building a positive relationship with students and their families
- Using inductive learning with all levels of ELLs
- Building academic vocabulary and scaffolding academic writing
- How to support language learning with technology
- Use of learning games to increase motivation and learning
- Tips for handling common challenges that arise when teaching ELLs
- How to assess ELLs