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Prior Knowledge vs. Background Knowledge for ELL Students

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What is prior knowledge for ELL students?

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1. What is background knowledge for ELL students?

2. What are two factors that impact language comprehension and therefore require background knowledge?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Our handy quiz/worksheet combo provides an easy way to assess your understanding of background knowledge and prior knowledge for English language learner (ELL) students. These questions ask you about strategies for building background knowledge in English language learners and two factors that impact language comprehension and require background knowledge.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to see how well you know:

  • The definition of 'prior knowledge' for ELL students
  • What 'background knowledge' means for ELL students
  • Which two factors impact language comprehension and require background knowledge
  • The strategies for building an ELL student's background knowledge
  • The difference between prior knowledge and background knowledge for ELL students

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related ELL lesson, such as how teachers can help ELL students increase their background knowledge
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition of prior knowledge as it applies to ELL students
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as prior knowledge and background knowledge

Additional Learning

Study more about this subject at your convenience using our engaging lesson called Prior Knowledge vs. Background Knowledge for ELL Students. When you work through this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Outline a helpful metaphor to describe prior knowledge and background knowledge
  • Explain what prior knowledge does, regardless if it's accurate or inaccurate
  • Discuss strategies to activate students' prior knowledge
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