Because the number of ELLs continues to increase, it is likely that teachers everywhere will at some time have English language learners in their classrooms. In order to improve the educational outcomes of these students, teachers should learn how to effectively work with them. Second language proficiency develops incrementally and varies by learner. Some students are able to understand basic conversational English, while others can understand and use the more advanced language necessary for success in academic endeavors.
Schools offer a range of programs for ELLs. Regardless of the programs offered, teachers can use sheltered instruction to help English learners better understand their lessons. When using sheltered instruction, teacher create both academic and language objectives. In addition, teachers can use real objects, pictures, and gestures while also speaking more slowly and using fewer idioms and slang terms.
Think back to the Challenge video at the beginning of this module. You were asked to identify five things that the teacher talked about. The teacher has subsequently modified her instruction. Watch the lesson now and see whether your understanding has increased.
In this movie, the teacher utilized sheltered instructional techniques. Though the teacher's script remained the same, she now provided language supports. Were you able to identify more items now than before? What types of supports did the teacher use?
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