4 Simple Ways to Drive Active Participation in the Classroom with an Online Program
Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins, 5 seconds
Online programs for English language development (ELD) offer the benefits of providing English language learners with multi-sensory video, image, and audio support. Unlike textbooks, digital instructional tools enable students to hear and see language applied in situational contexts, ultimately improving listening and reading comprehension.
However, a common fear about employing a digital ELD/ESOL curriculum in the classroom is that active participation goes away. English learners go into the dreaded "sit and learn" ...
Left Behind, Still: English Learners Still Need a Bridge to ELA Standards
Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins, 24 seconds
I started teaching in 1991. I was an ESL teacher and taught LEP (Limited English Proficient) students at the secondary level. Finding resources that were high interest, age- appropriate, and at a Lexile level for non-English speakers was pretty much impossible. My students ranged in age from 13 to 16 years old and most of the books out there that were simple enough for them to decode were about Bobby and ...
Why You Need a Plan for Designated ELD Instruction
Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 36 seconds
According to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), school districts across the country have a legal obligation to provide meaningful and equitable support for their English learner (EL) populations. This federal mandate is passed down to the departments of education of each state.
For English learner department administrators and educators, it's critical to have a solid plan in place to meet federal and state ...
How to Effectively Use Online English Language Development Tools in the Classroom – Part 2
Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins, 54 seconds
In Part 1 of this blog, we examined the brain science behind multi-sensory learning approaches. Why is that important? Understanding how the brain works can help shape your pedagogical approaches in the classroom to make them much more effective. In addition, a new generation of online instructional tools that embed multi-sensory techniques can assist teachers to engage students' brains like never before.
Here in Part 2, we will go over techniques ...
How to Effectively Use Online English Language Development Tools in the Classroom, Part 1
Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins, 21 seconds
We've never experienced a greater need for effective instructional tools for our English learners than right now. With administrative and teaching staff stretched to the max, it's critical that you have tools actually make a difference in helping English learners progress. To that end, we've created a two-part blog to show you how to effectively use online tools in the classroom during Designated ELD time. We'll cover:
- The importance ...
5 Simple Steps for Working with Non-English Speaking ELs & SIFEs
Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins, 37 secs
As an educator, how are you supposed to teach about arguments and claims to students who don't understand or speak any English? Not only do these students not know English, but they don't seem to have had much formal education in their native country either. But yet, you're expected to teach to the rigor of the standard and have them analyze text they can neither read, nor understand.
Such is the ...
A New ELD Approach to Support Secondary English Learners
English learners coming into our public schools at the secondary grade levels face multiple challenges. First, they face a very short ramp to acquire the level of English language proficiency needed to succeed academically and to graduate. In addition, newcomers are in the process of acclimating to their new country, which also entails socialization into a new school environment.
As an educator who has worked with English learners for over two decades, it's a situation that's challenging for both ...