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ERIC Number: EJ782243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Asking the Right Questions: Teachers' Questions Can Build Students' English Language Skills
Hill, Jane D.; Flynn, Kathleen
Journal of Staff Development, v29 n1 p46-52 Win 2008
This article presents an instructional strategy that helps teachers engage English language learners (ELLs) in learning, thus increasing their own belief that they can effectively teach English language learners, and proposes a professional development activity that will cement this strategy in teachers' minds. By using an action research strategy, teachers can increase their skills in targeting classroom questions to students. The beauty of this strategy is that it helps teachers specifically address the needs of ELLs while also meeting the needs of every student in the classroom. It allows teachers to integrate learning for ELLs in mainstream classrooms and to help these students achieve academic success at the same levels as their native English-speaking peers. Finally, it shows teachers one direction for creating a supportive environment for English language learners. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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