This week, we are chatting all about different classroom strategies that we can use to support our English language learners (or multilingual learners). We'll explore a variety of strategies to support learners at varying levels of language learning in our classrooms. Katie is super pumped for this episode since teaching English language learners is her wheelhouse!
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- What works for ELLs, (English language learners) also works for ALL learners
- Universal Design for Learning approach
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- Use of images/visuals along with words (decreases reliability on translators) - dual coding theory
- Academic (content-specific, assessment words, etc) vs conversation/social language
- Requires explicit teaching
- Collaborative vocabulary lists (Frayer model, SEE-I model) - include word, translation, interaction opportunities, images
- Read&Write for Google Chrome and Google Slides to build class vocab lists
- Dual/single language vocab placemat for assessment language
- Incorporate student voice
- Asking questions - be specific (what questions do you have about x? etc)
- Demonstration of learning:
- Consider early language learners - how can they demonstrate what they know? Need to offer options!
- Make use of first language
- What are you assessing? Knowledge or language?
- Mastery-based learning (Modern Classrooms Project)
- Word banks, sentence stems, sentence frames - add scaffolds into assessments
- Model writing with your class (I do, we do, you do - groups then individual)
- Try fill-in-the-blanks as a scaffold and then pull back the scaffolds over the semester
- Graphic organizers:
- Teaching different note-taking methods (jot dots, Cornell notes, etc)
- Plagiarism happens because our language learners don't have the language to be able to put it into their own words
- Know that students come from a lot of different lived experiences - build relationships, cultural awareness, critical conciseness, and trauma-informed teaching and learning strategies