English Learners

Designing Instruction

Review the How to Support English Learners in Distance Learning infographic from WestEd. 1

Review the When Is Instruction EL-Friendly? infographic by Tan Huynh. 2 For more details, read Huynh’s full article, How to Chunk Instruction: Making Instruction EL-Friendly. 3 These tips are important for all instruction, but can also guide your planning of virtual lessons.

Read Distance Learning for ELLs: Planning Instruction by Kristina Robertson on the Colorín Colorado website (another great resource). 4

6 Key Considerations for Supporting English Learners with Distance Learning

Watch this 10-minute video from Christina Angkasuwan for more tips on how to support English learners. 5

Academic Language

Read 10 Ways to Get Students Using Academic Language During Distance Learning & Beyond by Valentina Gonzalez. 6 She includes a variety of in-person strategies as well as a chart for how to apply those strategies in a virtual setting.

Digital Tools

Read How to Use Technology to Support ELLs in Your Classroom by Jeff Knutson. 7 This articles focuses on digital tools that will be particularly useful for your English learners.

Watch this 3-minute video from Common Sense Education for an overview of how to use digital storytelling to support ELs. 8

Make sure to explore the Accessibility Tips section of this site as well.

Sources

  1. Quality Teaching for English Learners. (2020, May 8). How to support English learners in distance learning? {Infographic}. WestEd. https://650c3b4a-bdb2-4bc5-9706-e36b4e83f956.filesusr.com/ugd/5784a1_76e3f831d7a14fc5be288a05ea904c33.pdf
  2. Huynh, T. (2018, March 8). When is instruction EL-friendly? {Infographic}. Empowering ELLs. https://i1.wp.com/www.empoweringells.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/3is_23887912-1.png
  3. Huynh, T. (2018, March 8). 77. How to chunk instruction: Making instruction EL-friendly. Empowering ELLs. https://www.empoweringells.com/chunking-instruction/
  4. Robertson, K. (2020). Distance learning for ELLs: Planning instruction. Colorín Colorado. https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/distance-learning-ells-instruction
  5. Angkasuwan, C. {Christina Angkasuwan}. (2020, May 30). How to support English learners via distance learning {Video}. YouTube. https://youtu.be/lxCCOtaWKWc
  6. Gonzalez, V. (2020, March 28). 10 ways to get students using academic language during distance learning & beyond. English learners. https://elementaryenglishlanguagelearners.weebly.com/blog/10-ways-to-get-students-using-academic-language-during-distance-learning-beyond
  7. Knutson, Jeff. (2020, May 18). How to use technology to support ELLs in your classroom. Common sense education. https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/how-to-use-technology-to-support-ells-in-your-classroom
  8. Common Sense Education. (2016, December 19). Supporting English language learners with digital storytelling {Video}. YouTube. https://youtu.be/I-T-iA_6Nk4
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