So you have an ELL student and you need to give them work to do…what do you do? Do you give them the work all the other students are doing? Do you let the sit in class doing nothing? Do you put them on the computer to do different activities? The answer is NO. As teachers, it is our duty to teach all of our students who are lucky enough to be in our classroom. We must ask for help when needed or go out and learn for ourselves how to best help our students.
For a newly arrived ELL student or an ELL student who is prefunctional or beginner, we need to accommodate the amount and rigor of their work in the classroom to better meet their needs. If we don’t, we are producing failure and frustration. Here are some suggestions on how to accommodate an ELLs work in your classroom…
- Find Books on Same Topic but at a Lower Reading Level – There are so many new and improved books for students to gather information at their level. You can also use the internet to gather information. I would suggest using www.instagrok.com as a search engine because it allows you to change reading levels for the material found.
- Allow ELLs to Use Dictionaries – Using a dictionary in the classroom while working will allow ELLs to learn new vocabulary while they are connecting the new word to the same work in their native language. See Using a Dictionary to learn other helpful dictionary habits.
- Create Different Assessments for ELLs – ELLs should receive modified assessments if they are still in the process of learning English. Create assessments with more pictures, read it aloud, allow them to record extended response answers…Check out Farmington Schools wiki for more information…
If you are unsure of how to modify or create assessment accomodation, feel free to contact me or your local ELL teacher.
Please check out the Principals of Second Language Development in Teaching LEP Students provided by the Ohio Department of Education Website for some further information regarding ELLs in the classroom.