Best Practices

Engaging ELLs and Involving Their Parents!

Blake King & Rachel Pierson

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Percentage of Public School Students who are English Language Learners, by State: School Year 2012–13

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4 Instructions Strategies to Engage ESL Learners

  • Increasing Comprehensible Input
  • Encouraging Social Collaboration
  • Relating Learning to the Real Word
  • Creating a Positive Learning Environment
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4 Ideas for Increasing ESL Parent Involvement

  • Intercultural Awareness
  • Beyond the Classroom Advocacy
  • Weekly Communication
  • Being Informed About Resources
Engaging Parents of English-Language Learners


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learners: Using second language theories and integrating technology in teaching.

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