Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses and as a guide for in-service teachers and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 43 Strategies for Successful K–8 Classrooms provides teachers of all content areas with a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting.

Using Initial Assessment Data to Determine the Strengths and Needs of ELLs
Using initial assessment data to determine the strengths and needs of ELLs

One source of assessment that is available to teachers when ELLs first arrive in their classrooms is the intake assessment. Reviewing this assessment enables teachers to understand the process by which ELLs are identified, how English language proficiency is assessed, and the English language proficiency level of a newly arriving ELL. Strategy 11 provides steps for reviewing and interpreting initial assessment data, and it addresses the often asked question, “How do I even know where to begin to provide instruction to the ELLs placed in my classroom?”

The best place for teachers to begin to learn about a newly arriving ELL may be ...

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