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How to Adapt Lessons for English Language Learners

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Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

When you're teaching English language learners (ELLs), it's sometimes necessary to adapt lessons to meet their needs. This lesson provides tips and techniques you can use to adapt lessons for ELLs.

When to Adapt

If you've been teaching for a while, chances are you've built up a personal library of lesson plans and activities for your students. You'll also know that a single lesson can almost never be reused without undergoing some changes.

If you're using a lesson plan that was not specifically intended for use with ELLs or needs to be adapted, don't worry. There's no need to start over. However, before you adapt a lesson for ELLs, be sure to identify that the lesson needs to be. Reasons you may want to do so include:

  • Difficulty level too high; for example, this may include choice of vocabulary, difficulty of reading or research material, pace of lesson, and required assessments
  • Lesson originally designed for native English speakers and doesn't address the specific needs of ELLs

Once you've identified why you need to adapt, the next step is figuring out how to adapt. This is not as difficult as it sounds.

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