By SEAN HUGHES
English language learners (ELLs) are defined by the National Education Association (NEA) as students who are unable to communicate or learn effectively in English. Many of these learners come from non-English speaking backgrounds, have recently immigrated, or are living in homes with non-English speaking families. Due to the achievement gap between ELLs and non-ELLs, modified instruction is generally recommended for ELLs across all content areas.
We know how difficult it can be to reach all learners in a class, especially when some students are language learners who may need extra attention, and when the challenges of remote teaching and learning have shifted our interactions. Which is why we've compiled a collection of resources, designed for teachers of English Language Arts (ELA), in order to support ELLs in the classroom and at home. Included in this collection are resources for lesson planning, creating materials, and guides and suggestions for teaching new language learners. To download these resources, click here. To access additional free resources from our team, please visit our Resources page.
This is a difficult time for many of us in the teaching community, as we’ve migrated to online learning platforms and are navigating new ways of trying to help our learners. Our students, undoubtedly, have been intensely impacted by the shifts in education. They need our help and guidance now more than ever.