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Ch 6: ESL Teaching Techniques

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In this chapter, you'll find a comprehensive overview of various ESL teaching techniques. Review entertaining lessons and take short quizzes to strengthen your knowledge of these techniques and improve your ability to do well on a future test.

ESL Teaching Techniques - Chapter Summary

Our instructors have developed engaging lessons you can access any time to improve your understanding of different ESL teaching techniques. Use this chapter to grasp cooperative learning strategies, scaffolding instruction, building background knowledge, teaching ESL students in mainstream classrooms and more. Completing this chapter will enable you to:

  • Explain how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) impact ESL classrooms
  • List factors that impact English language acquisition
  • Discuss the basics of teaching ESL students including modifications for science, social studies and math
  • Define receptive language processing
  • Identify and describe strategies that support second language acquisition and development
  • Differentiate between prior knowledge and background knowledge
  • Describe best practice for teaching non-literate language learners and students with interrupted education
  • Share strategies for differentiation instruction for ELL students

If you are strapped with a busy schedule, enjoy the flexibility of studying the lessons any time and any place you'd like thanks to 24/7 mobile and computer accessibility. Feel free to navigate the lessons in your sequence of choice and visit them as often as you'd like. Any questions you develop while examining the chapter can be submitted to our experts. Before the day of your test, check your knowledge of these ESL teaching techniques by taking our short quizzes and practice exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 6: ESL Teaching Techniques
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Common Core Standards & ESL

1. Common Core Standards & ESL

Teachers with English as a Second Language students in their classroom may need to balance the ESL curriculum with Common Core State Standards. Learn about English Language Development Standards and understand how these can help with CCSS and ESL instruction.

Factors Affecting English Language Acquisition

2. Factors Affecting English Language Acquisition

The factors affecting English language acquisition determine how well a student absorbs and uses the language. Learn about these factors which include cognitive learning styles, cultural background, prior experience, and classroom influences.

Teaching ESL Students in Mainstream Classrooms

3. Teaching ESL Students in Mainstream Classrooms

In this lesson, teachers will learn how to use instructional strategies to support all students. These strategies will meet the needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in mainstream content classrooms.

Modifications for ELL Students in Social Studies

4. Modifications for ELL Students in Social Studies

In this lesson, teachers will learn some strategies for accommodating English Language Learner (ELL) students in the content area of social studies. The lesson will discuss ways to modify instruction to target the learning needs of ELL students.

Strategies for Teaching ELL Science

5. Strategies for Teaching ELL Science

In this lesson, you will learn some tips and advice for teaching science to ELL learners, including those related to vocabulary, experiments, videos and reading assignments that'll help you make sure that your students know what you are talking about!

Adaptations & Modifications for ELL Students in Math

6. Adaptations & Modifications for ELL Students in Math

In this lesson, teachers will learn some adaptations to use in math class for English language learner (ELL) students. Some strategies that will be discussed include how to teach math vocabulary using manipulatives and other approaches.

Reinforcing Receptive Language Processing in the Classroom

7. Reinforcing Receptive Language Processing in the Classroom

In this lesson you will learn about receptive language processing, including what it is and what methods you can use to reinforce it in a classroom setting.

Strategies that Support Second Language Acquisition & Development

8. Strategies that Support Second Language Acquisition & Development

Unsure how to support second language learners in your classroom? No problem! In this lesson you will learn about cognitive, metacognitive, and social strategies that support second language acquisition and development.

Prior Knowledge vs. Background Knowledge for ELL Students

9. Prior Knowledge vs. Background Knowledge for ELL Students

This lesson discusses the difference between prior and background knowledge and how it applies to teaching ELL learners. Cultural and geographical differences that affect English language learners' knowledge are also examined.

How to Build Background Knowledge for ELL Students

10. How to Build Background Knowledge for ELL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about the necessity of building background knowledge in English language learner (ELL) students. Teachers will learn specific strategies for implementing this approach.

Best Practices for Teaching Non-Literate Language Learners

11. Best Practices for Teaching Non-Literate Language Learners

In this lesson, you will learn about best practices for teaching literacy skills to non-literate English language learners, from initial school experiences to creating a bridge to reading and writing.

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

12. Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

Scaffolding instruction makes teaching and learning English more pleasant. Learn how to scaffold a lesson using chunking, modeling, guided practice, and building upon what students already know.

Cooperative Learning Strategies with ESL Students

13. Cooperative Learning Strategies with ESL Students

In this lesson, you will learn some strategies for incorporating cooperative learning into your lesson plans for English as a Second Language students. Strategies for writing, reading, speaking, and listening will be covered.

Strategies for Teaching ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education

14. Strategies for Teaching ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education

SIFE learners haven't had continuous education because of various factors. Explore strategies for teaching students with interrupted formal education, which focus on creating a good class environment and practicing cooperative approaches to ELL instruction.

Differentiated Instruction for ELL Students

15. Differentiated Instruction for ELL Students

English language learners may need support to ensure they can learn English. Explore techniques for differentiated instruction that benefits ELL students and review differentiated strategies for writing, reading, speaking, and listening.

Chapter Practice Exam
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