December EL Tips

Tips and Information to Help Your English Learners

Bringing Academic Language to the Mainstream: Using Sentence Frames to Collaborate with Classroom Teachers

Interested in using sentence frames to teach academic language? Take a look at this piece on how teachers at a metro school built academic language instruction into their classrooms.

The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

Although this TED-Ed video lists benefits of being bilingual, it offers some nice foundational information on how language is acquired and used. It's only 5 minutes long and it's animated!
The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli


If you're looking to start becoming bilingual yourself, check out Duolingo. You can use it online or download the app.

Learner's Dictionary

My favorite tool for helping ELs with new vocabulary words is Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary. It gives excellent definitions that are EL-friendly. Give it a try. You might find that it will work well for your mainstream students, too.

For Your Funny Bone

Pearls Before Swine demonstrates the importance of background knowledge.
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