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ERIC Number: EJ745448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Successful Strategies for English Language Learners
Gray, Tracy; Fleischman, Steve
Educational Leadership, v62 n4 p84-85 Dec 2004-Jan 2005
The authors state that one key to successfully working with English language learners (ELLs) is to view them as a resource in the classroom since these students can offer information and perspectives about other countries and cultures. Additionally, many researchers support the use of scaffolding strategies to help ELLs organize their thoughts in English, develop study skills, and follow classroom procedures. ELLs progress when their content-area teachers use these supports as they deliver instruction. Research identifies the following scaffolding approaches as effective: Keep the language simple; Use actions and illustrations to reinforce oral statements; Ask for completion, not generation; Model correct usage and judiciously correct errors; and Use visual aids. The authors recommend that teachers establish strong relationships with families, since research has shown that establishing rapport between bilingual families and non-English-speaking families encourages family involvement in school. They also recommend that schools identify bilingual contacts in the school and community as well as foreign language instructors in local colleges and universities to provide translation support. Reaching out to families and other kinds of support is crucial in including ELLs in the school community and promoting their achievement.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York; United States