Monday, July 11, 2016

Classroom Interaction with ELLs

In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the one who gets most of the language practice.  ELLs need opportunities to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English using both conversation and academic language.

I developed sentence frames for the topics I was teaching.  As we practiced speaking and writing, students had some words supplied for them and they completed the remainder.  Click on the links below for more information and printable copies.

Days of the Week
Five Senses
Cause and Effect

Another way to get students to interact more is cooperative learning.  I set up mixed ability groups and then walk from group to group to listen and coach the interactions.  I find this is more effective than pulling all my English Learners into one group or teaching lessons to the whole class at once.

The ESOL Odyssey Blog has some other suggestions for cooperative learning strategies here.
What strategies do you find most helpful for promoting classroom interaction?

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