Effective ways to help ELLs excel

As you tailor your teaching to engage the increasing number of English language learners, the key to success is focusing on literacy. Adapted from the highly successful Differentiated Literacy Strategies for Student Growth and Achievement in Grades K–6, this book provides a wealth of grade-specific literacy strategies that not only increase student achievement but also increase it rapidly. The authors provide proven practical tools for differentiating instruction to meet language and individual learning styles. Teachers will find an instructional and assessment framework designed to promote these critical competencies:

Functional literacy in phonics, spelling, and reading; Content-area literacy for vocabulary, concept attainment, and comprehension; Technological literacy for information searching, evaluation, and synthesis; Innovative literacy for creativity, growth, and lifelong learning

Included are more than 100 planning models, matrixes, rubrics, and checklists. Teachers with students who have had interrupted formal education or come from newly arrived immigrant populations will find a wealth of proven methods for giving ELLs every opportunity to succeed.

Functional Literacy

Functional literacy

Reading is considered a basis for all learning, and students without functional literacy are at a significant disadvantage as learners. English language learners are especially at risk for being disadvantaged in learning because much of their literacy foundation is in a different language. We must make sure that every student develops functional literacy skills so that new students are able to adapt literacy skills from their home language by making connections between new functional skills and already existing skills.

Literacy Strategies for Diverse Learners

English is one of the most difficult languages to learn. People learning English often find some idiosyncrasies of the language particularly difficult, which makes learning this language challenging (see Figures 4.1 through 4.6 below). For some English learners, the very ...

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