Supporting English Language Learners

Links collected from ESL PD in September 2017 by Sherri Johnston & Marie Wood (Edmonton)

Supporting English Language Learners: https://sites.google.com/s/0BxSnLb5DGYeWNndINk1aU2w5dW8/p/0BxSnLb5DGYeWWkppRU43LTRKTjA/preview?authuser=0

Characteristics of ELL (BICS vs CALP): https://sites.google.com/s/0BxSnLb5DGYeWNndINk1aU2w5dW8/p/0BxSnLb5DGYeWb1pMeER4VzB1UTA/preview?authuser=0

Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey Tools: http://www.hmhco.com/hmh-assessments/bilingual/woodcock-munoz

Benchmarks: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/eslapb/printable_benchmarks.html
How to use benchmarks: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/eslapb/documents/How_to_Use_the_Alberta_K_12_ESL_Proficiency_Benchmarks.pdf
Tracking Sheets: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/eslapb/trackingsheets.html

Level 1
Read something every day, write something every day, do homework every day – even weekends.
TA and Pullout Support
Extracurricular clubs and PE
Jolly Phonics: http://jollyworks.org/
Reading Bear: http://www.readingbear.org
Dolche SightWords: http://bogglesworldesl.com/dolch/lists.htm
Learning Chocolate: http://www.learningchocolate.com

Unite for Literacy: http://www.uniteforliteracy.com
many many short books with audio narrations in English many more first languages
1000 Awesome Things: http://1000awesomethings.com/the-top-1000/

Level 2
More emphasis on asking questions, deep thinking, fluently switching between first language and English in short phrases.
http://rightquestion.org/education/
More Read/Write/Think strategies – RAFT: http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/using-raft-writing-strategy-30625.html
“Turn and Talk”: http://minds-in-bloom.com/keep-your-students-engaged-with-turn/
Reading A-Z: https://www.readinga-z.com
Read Theory: https://readtheory.org/

Level 3
More writing for academic purposes, more subject specific vocabulary. Rely on support, visual clues and planners. Respond to W5+H.

 

Level 4
Student may have negative strategies to mask language deficiencies. Ask questions using specialized vocab. Rehearse prior to speaking. Use conventions with increasing accuracy.

 

General Tools:
Chromebooks have Read/Write browser tool
Dictionary.com has ESLsupport
Google Translate and iPhone app
Universal Design for Learning Principles: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl/3principles

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