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ERIC Number: EJ1016677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Powerful Learning Tools for ELLs: Using Native Language, Familiar Examples, and Concept Mapping to Teach English Language Learners
Dong, Yu Ren
Science Teacher, v80 n4 p51-57 Apr-May 2013
This article highlights how English language learners' (ELLs) prior knowledge can be used to help learn science vocabulary. The article explains that the concept of prior knowledge needs to encompass the ELL student's native language, previous science learning, native literacy skills, and native cultural knowledge and life experiences. Information is provided on how science teachers can use ELL's native languages, culturally familiar experiences, and concept mapping to assist in comprehension. A biome concept map and rubric are presented to help explain ways to better teach ELLs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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