English language learners (ELL)
often perform poorly in school because they do not understand
the language well enough to perform classroom language tasks. With the
current emphasis on NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, teachers are often under
pressure to bring reading test scores in English up to grade
level as quickly as possible. Classroom activities
often focus on decoding and word identification rather than
helping students to develop cognitive strategies that will
help them to become independent learners. As a result, the language
skills of these students often get LEFT BEHIND.
development of literacy skills requires cognitive strategies
similar to those used in learning to speak. Oral
language activities in the classroom build both vocabulary AND thinking
skills that are critical for success within both the classroom language
and literacy curriculum. Success in reading comprehension requires
skill in making comparisons, solving problems, predicting outcomes, and
evaluating outcomes. These skills can be taught through
classroom listening and oral language activities.
This site will provide
information about teaching English Language
Learners and links to products and resources that can be used
to meet their needs.
below to view ESL Materials for children and adults