ELLs' Corner

Year 3, Volume 5

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Use Visuals

Adding visuals to lessons can enhance the students' abilities to make connections with the concepts being learned increasing their ability to comprehend and participate of classroom discussions. Photos, maps, drawings, movie clips, and concrete objects are all examples of visuals that can be used in the classroom.

GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS are an excellent way to visually organize facts, ideas, and concepts that help students make sense of the content.

Develop Vocabulary

A good rule of thumb is to introduce and display at least two new words per lesson. Here are two specific strategies tho help build academic vocabulary:


  1. Students survey a text from back to front looking for unfamiliar words.
  2. Teacher generates a list of three to ten unfamiliar words/terms based on the students' survey.
  3. Teacher writes short student-friendly definitions for the terms, giving definitions that match the way the word is used in the context of the passage.
  4. Students practice pronouncing the words during a choral reading with the teacher.
  5. Students read the passage.
  6. Students use some of the words during the speaking and writing tasks in the lesson.

Marzano's Six-Step Process

  1. Describe: Teacher describes the term using examples and visuals
  2. Describe: Students describe the term using their own words.
  3. Draw: Students draw a representation of the term.
  4. Do: Students practice using the new term.
  5. Discuss: Students discuss the terms as they work collaboratively.
  6. Play: Students participate in games that reinforce deep understanding of the new vocabulary terms.

STRATEGY: Perspective Choice

Content Areas:

Science, Social Studies, & Language Arts

Energy Level:


Preparation Time:

5 minutes

Class Time:

50 minutes


After reading and discussing a topic, select a situation in which a group of six people must make a decision. Examples include: a family of medieval peasants who are deciding whether or not to go on a pilgrimage, or a group of scientists trying to decide how to handle an epidemic.

As a class, write six different sentences that represent different perspectives on the same event using the sentence frames listed below.

Sentence Stems:

  • I think we should _______________ because...
  • We ought to ______________ because...
  • It would be a good idea to...
  • We definitely shouldn't _______________ because...
  • It's not wise to _______________ because...
  • I don't believe it is worthwhile to _______________ because...

Number the perspectives one through six and have students form small groups of six, each student taking a different perspective. Students begin by reading a sentence from the board and then improvising a conversation based on their impression of what the characters might say. Students may repeat their conversation as a class. The class as a whole then discusses what might be the best choice for the group.

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It's All About Engagement!

The more ELLs write, read, talk, and listen the more language they will acquire and Kagan strategies provide the perfect venue for language acquisition. Remember, it's all about engagement!

When You Believe in Your Students They Do Better

It may seem obvious that students achieve at higher levels when teachers believe in them, but few would have predicted how much a simple message from teachers can change students’ whole trajectories and achievement.

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Team Stand-N-Share

Teams stand with a list of ideas to share. The teacher selects one student to share an idea. Other teams either check the idea off their list or add it. Each team sits when all items on its list are shared.
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ESL TExES training with Sonia Rhykerd from Region 10 at Zellars!

Region 10's Consultant, Sonia Rhykerd will return on Monday, April 1st, 2019 for another full day test preparation training. To register, simply click on the link below or go to Talent Ed and search for section 10256 ESL Test #154 Preparation Full-Day Session in the course search bar.
ESL TExES Preparation Course in Zellars

Monday, April 1st, 2019 from 8:30 - 3:30

If the training on April 1st doesn't work with your schedule...

Check out Region 10's Calendar of Events and look for ESL TExES Preparation Courses.

Given that LEISD has joined the Title III Bil/ESL Cooperative with Region 10, our teachers can attend any trainings related to ESL or bilingual education for free. To look for ESL (154) test preparation trainings, specifically, type ESL TExES in the search bar of the Calendar of Events page.

ESL TExES Test or Training Opportunities Mileage Reimbursement

If you take your ESL TExES (154) test or attend an ESL TExES (154) test preparation session at Region 10 or Region 11, you can get mileage reimbursement for the day you travel to and from the test/training center. To process your reimbursement, fill out a Travel Receipt form with proof of attendance to the event such as the registration form and a printed Goggle Map confirming mileage from your campus address to the location of the event and back.

Please submit the filled out form and related paperwork to your campus secretary.

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10 Amazing Benefits of Beings Bilingual

Posted by Chontelle Bonfiglio - Bilingualkidspot on May 23, 2017

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There has been a lot of research on bilingualism over the years. Many studies have found so many benefits of being bilingual or being able to speak more than one language. A trait that was once considered a hindrance, has now proved to have so many advantages for both children and adults.

Here are 10 amazing benefits of being bilingual: Make sure you check out the Infographic at the end of the page!

To read the full article, click on the link here.

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