What you can do TODAY to Improve Instruction for ELLs

· Enunciate clearly, but do not raise your voice. Add gestures, point directly to objects, or draw pictures when appropriate.
· Write clearly, legibly and in print – many ELL students have difficulty with cursive.
· Develop and maintain routines. Use clear and consistent signals for classroom instructions.
· **Repeat information and review frequently. If a student does not understand, try rephrasing or paraphrasing in shorter, simpler sentences.
  • Check often for understanding, not by asking “Do you understand?” but by having the student demonstrate their learning to show comprehension.
· Try to avoid idioms and slang expressions.
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Present new information by connecting it to known information.
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Announce the lessons objectives and activities, and list instructions step by step.
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Present information in a variety of ways.
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Provide frequent summaries of the key points of a lesson, and always emphasize key vocabulary.
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Recognize student successes and praise them often. Also be aware that in some cultures, overt individual praise is considered inappropriate and may be embarrassing to the student. **