Using CAN DO Descriptors - begin with name charts!

Strategies to Support English Language Learners

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Supporting English Learners in Content Classes

Best Practices, Strategies, and Activities for English Learners in the Mainstream/Content Class.

Information shared by Jefferson County, KY.

ESOL tip - July/August

Learn your students' names
Our names are deeply tied to who we are. For many of us, and for many of our students, our names carry meaning. They may be family names, relate to our place of origin or have religious significance.
...It is OK if you are not immediately able to correctly pronounce a student's name if it is from a language you do not speak. However, continue to try and replicate the sounds the student is using to say the name. Continue to attempt to pronounce it just as the student would, and continue to ask the student if you are saying it correctly until you are confident you are able to say the name correctly.
Learn more about the importance of saying students' names correctly, and take the My Name My Identity pledge at www.mynamemyidentity.org.

ESOL tip - September/October

4 Practices for Fostering ELs’ Oral Language Development
...pair and small group discussions can also be highly beneficial to ELs for other reasons. Such discussions provide meaningful opportunities for ELs to hear and practice discipline-specific language and vocabulary (Zwiers & Crawford, 2011). In addition to supporting their language and literacy development, academic discussions are a powerful way for ELs to learn and remember content

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