Tips for Working with English Language Learners

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Tips for Working with English Language Learners. Compiled by Hayley Minner, SDMS. Slow Down. Whenever possible, speak more slowly and pause between sentences so English Language Learners have time to interpret and translate what is being said. Increase Wait Time. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Tips for Working with English Language LearnersCompiled by Hayley Minner, SDMSSlow DownWhenever possible, speak more slowly and pause between sentences so English Language Learners have time to interpret and translate what is being saidIncrease Wait TimeGive students time to think and process the language.Many of our English Language Learners have to translate what is being said in to their native language before they can bring meaning to the words, then think of a response in their native language and then translate it back in to English in order to participate. By the time this process is complete, instruction has continued on to another topic.Modeling is the KeyIf student responses contain incorrect grammar, acknowledge the response and then repeat it, modeling correct grammar.Model activities and expectations for all assignmentsPlease, Dont Force Reticent Students to SpeakIf beginning students arent comfortable speaking ~ have them respond by pointing, answering yes or no, or choosing among two optionsRepeat, Repeat, Repeat!!!Repeat instructions and questions whenever possible.Repeat instructions using a variety of vocabulary dont just repeat the exact sentence or phrase 3 times. Respond to the MessageEven if grammar isnt perfect If you understand what is trying to be said Respond! Dont explicitly correct the utteranceADAPT YOUR MATERIALSIsolate important vocabulary, add graphic organizers, and augment with picturesWrite It Out Being able to see the words rather than just hearing them is a tool in language learningDemonstrate and Use ManipulativesHold up pictures, act it out, use gestures or draw it Be Creative!!Thank You For Your Cooperation and Consideration For All Students!Together, we can make a difference!

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