The number of English-language learners (ELL) has been increasing over recent years. These students require rich and consistent experiences in developing English oral language. Here are some suggestions.
- Help ELL students develop their English vocabulary through visual activities such as creating a picture card file, making picture journals, and developing picture glossaries.
- Help ELL students sort vocabulary words into categories that are relevant to them.
- Provide visual representations during instruction. These representations can include videos, pictures, diagrams, and graphs.
- Provide ELL students with an English-speaking partner during independent work activities.
Once ELL students develop sufficient English oral vocabulary, emphasis can shift to reading and writing in English.