Teaching English Language Learners: Effective Instructional Practices
Take some time now to answer the following questions. Please note that the IRIS Center does not collect your Assessment responses. If this is a course assignment, you should turn them in to your professor using whatever method he or she requires. If you have trouble answering any of the questions, go back and review the Perspectives & Resources pages in this module.
- Compare and contrast BICS and CALP. Name one point that you think teachers should know about second language acquisition.
- Think about a lesson that you might teach. Briefly describe it and at least four types of sheltered instructional supports you might provide for your ELL students.
- Watch the video below to see a second-grade teacher introduce the properties of matter (time: 3:11).
- Identify four contextual supports that the teacher used to help her ELL students better understand the lesson.
- Identify four contextual supports the teacher can change or add to improve her lesson.
- The video below—courtesy of the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts—demonstrates ongoing research with ELLs. Identify three instructional supports used by the researchers in the video and explain why they are helpful to ELLs (time: 2:33).
“New Light on Literacy: Story Retell,” created by the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, The University of Texas at Austin ©. This work is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivative 4.0 International License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
- List at least three things teachers can do when assessing ELL students to allow them to more fully demonstrate their knowledge.