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.

Connecting to and Expanding on ELLs' Background Knowledge
Connecting to and expanding on ells' background knowledge

Connecting to and expanding on the background knowledge that ELLs bring to the classroom is another way to contextualize instruction and to prepare all students for meaningful learning. In earlier grades, teachers tend to build background knowledge by providing real-world multisensory experiences, including field trips, hands-on learning, realia, and visuals. These multisensory experiences, followed by discussion, looking at pictures, and reading about similar experiences help to build background knowledge (Marzano, 2004).

Research tells us that students from majority middle-class homes frequently have background experiences that are well matched to classroom learning (Marzano, 2004). ELLs come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Due to their parents' inability to speak English, a ...

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