Teaching Practices That Really Work With English Language Learners


Speakers: Katie Hull-Sypnieski, Larry Ferlazzo


SKU: 195-53013

Webinar Description

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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.

Webinar Topics:

  • 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


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About the Speakers

Katie Hull-Sypnieski

has taught English Learners of all levels for 15 years in the Sacramento City Unified School District. She has served as a teaching consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at UC Davis for the past ten years and as a district lead trainer for the WRITE Institute. Katie is the co-author of the book The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide (with Larry Ferlazzo). She is a member of the Teacher Leaders Network and has published articles in Education Week Teacher. Katie currently teaches English and ELD at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. She is married and has three children.

Larry Ferlazzo

teaches English, Social Studies and International Baccalaureate classes to English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written five books: Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies For Student Motivation; The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges; and English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work and Building Parent Engagement In Schools (with co-author Lorie Hammond). Larry writes a popular education blog, a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week Teacher and a monthly column for The New York Times.

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