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.
Present new information by connecting it to known information.
Announce the lessons objectives and activities, and list instructions step by step.
Present information in a variety of ways.
Provide frequent summaries of the key points of a lesson, and always emphasize key vocabulary.
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. **