Evidence-Based Practice in ELL

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Instructor: Kristilynn Turney

Kristilynn has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management. She has taught high school English, Public Speaking and Theater; served as instructional coach; consultant, assistant principal, principal, asst. director and college professor.

Evidence-based practices are a requirement for schools. These practices can be used to maximize the learning achievements of English language learners (ELLs). Watch this video to learn about evidence-based practices in education as well as strategies to teach ELLs.

Evidence-Based Practices and ELLs

The U.S. Department of Education requires schools to use programs, practices, and educational interventions that are strongly supported by evidence from scientifically-based research. In order to meet these requirements, the information presented must:

  • Use a strong research design--The teaching strategy or intervention must be tested on students and compared to similar students who did not receive the intervention.
  • Be based on high quality data--The research must be properly collected, stored, and examined in order to meet the standard.
  • Involve other researchers--The programs, practices, and interventions must be reported in a formal document such as a journal, article, or book so that other researchers can review the methods and duplicate the process.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the National Center of Educational Statistics reported that English Language Learners made up 9.4% of the student population in public schools. Therefore, the need to maximize learning for ELLs is evident. In this lesson, we'll identify examples of evidence-based strategies to improve academic achievement for English Language Learners.

Explicit Instruction

Explicit Instruction is an evidence-based research strategy designed to maximize the learning of English Language Learners. This strategy is led by the teacher and can be used to teach basic as well as higher order reading skills. Explicit instruction includes setting and explaining learning goals, modeling how to complete a task, and assessing students' understanding. This strategy is effective through the use of routines and consistent language where teachers provide clear, specific, and easy-to-follow directions. An example of this strategy is teaching a new word. Using explicit instruction, the teacher will say the word, give multiple meanings for the word, and help the learner see similarities to previously learned words or words with similar spelling patterns.

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