Instructional Strategies that Promote Success for English Language Learners (ELL)

  1.      Speak clearly and slowly when addressing the class.
  2. Check that handouts and handwriting on board is easily readable.
  3. Use written text on the board, overhead, or handouts to reinforce orally presented lectures, instructions, and homework assignments.
  4. Write content and language objectives on the board and review before a lesson.
  5. Provide students opportunities to rehearse oral presentations before being asked to present to the class.
  6. During class discussion allow students wait time to formulate responses.
  7. Organize discussions so that all students have opportunities to speak and model respectful listening.
  8. Group ELLs with native speakers unless a bilingual tutor is translating for a group.
  9. Seek opportunities to link academic concepts to students’ background experiences. ELLs bring personal and educational background experiences that are different from those students born and educated in the US.
  10. Do not take points off for grammatical errors on tests or quizzes.
  11. Inform students of reading assignments well in advance since ELLs often need extended time to complete reading.   
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