English Language Development Instruction & Its Benefits

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  • 0:01 English Language Development
  • 0:53 Vs. Sheltered Instruction
  • 2:25 Benefits
  • 3:23 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

How do educators help English language learners become fluent in English? In this lesson, we'll examine one method, English language development instruction, including how it differs from sheltered instruction and what its benefits are.

English Language Development

Rupa is a teacher. She teaches English language learners, also called ELLs, or students whose first language is not English. But Rupa is confused. She's not sure what the best way to teach English to her students is. Should she concentrate on the rules of English? Or teach them about a topic and allow English acquisition to occur naturally? In other words, should she focus on the language or on content? One option Rupa might consider is English Language Development or ELD, which is a systematic approach to teaching English language learners. It focuses on language instruction and not on content. To understand what I mean by focusing on language and not content, and to help Rupa evaluate it, let's look closer at ELD, including how it differs from Sheltered Instruction and the benefits of ELD.

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