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ERIC Number: EJ1192755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Teaching English Language Learners: Tips from the Classroom
Ferlazzo, Larry; Sypnieski, Katie Hull
American Educator, v42 n3 p12-16, 39 Fall 2018
With more than 35 years of combined experience teaching English language learners (ELLs), Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski understand how students learn. Together, they have written a series of books on the topic, and in this article they share their insights. Chief among them is that ELLs require particular instructional strategies to help them thrive. The following pages specifically focus on three areas: differentiating instruction, encouraging students' intrinsic motivation for academic achievement, and using an affirming form of correcting student errors. The authors explore each area with common scenarios faced by teachers and with research-based and classroom-tested strategies that teachers can apply in response to them. It is important to note that many of these strategies can also work with mainstream students. As the saying goes, good instruction for English language learners is good instruction for everyone.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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