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
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.