Ch 3: Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

About This Chapter

Complete this chapter on English language learner teaching strategies to improve your ELL instructional skills or prepare for an upcoming teacher certification exam. Inside the chapter, you'll find short lessons and self-assessments that can be accessed on any Internet-connected device.

Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners - Chapter Summary

This chapter examines a variety of ELL teaching strategies through bite-sized video lessons. Taught by expert English instructors, the chapter goes over the language acquisition process, ELL instructional strategies and some important cultural aspects related to reading development. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Differentiate between first and second language acquisition
  • Recognize factors that can affect second language acquisition
  • Discuss language variations across cultures
  • Use effective ELL student teaching strategies, including scaffolding instruction
  • Teach ELL students vocabulary and reading skills
  • Assess linguistic, cultural and ethnic relationships in regards to reading development

When you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand the information. The chapter also comes with a multiple-choice chapter exam to help you retain key concepts from the lessons. You can review these materials whenever you have free time to study, and our subject-matter experts are happy to answer any questions you may have.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
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First Language vs. Second Language Acquisition

1. First Language vs. Second Language Acquisition

There are differences in the experience and process of learning a first language versus learning a second one. Compare the language learning processes to understand the areas of similarity and areas of difference between the two and then explore further with an example.

Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition

2. Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition

Second language acquisition is the process of learning a second language aside from the initial language acquired. Learn about the factors that affect second language acquisition, such as individual, academic, and sociopolitical factors.

Variations in Language Across Cultures

3. Variations in Language Across Cultures

Language variants between cultures can be difficult to navigate and have led to misconceptions in communication. Learn more about language variations, such as dialect, accent, and tone, discover how the English language is different, and identify why linguistic adaptation is important.

Understanding Texas English Language Proficiency Standards

4. Understanding Texas English Language Proficiency Standards

When you learn a language, there are four skills you need to acquire: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This lesson explains the expectations for each skill according to the 'Texas English Language Proficiency Standards'.

Strategies for Teaching ELL Students

5. Strategies for Teaching ELL Students

There are educational strategies utilized in supporting English language learners (ELL) in their linguistic proficiency. Follow the use of pictures and visuals, emphasis on vocabulary, scaffold instruction, and small groups to improve ELL instruction.

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

6. 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.

Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

7. Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

Vocabulary is an important part of language learning, and acquisition is more difficult for older learners. Learn strategies for teaching vocabulary to ELL students to give them vital stepping stones for learning the language.

Teaching ELL Students to Read

8. Teaching ELL Students to Read

English language learners (ELLs) are students who do not communicate fluently in English and may struggle to learn in English. Explore strategies for teaching ELL students to read, and review chunking the text, emphasizing vocabulary, and modeling good reading as techniques that can help ELL students excel in reading.

Cultural, Ethnic & Linguistic Relationships to Reading Development

9. Cultural, Ethnic & Linguistic Relationships to Reading Development

A student's cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds play a major role in the development of their reading skills. Learn best practices for teaching a second language to students from different backgrounds, with specific methods for English learners.

Culturally Responsive Teaching for ELL Students

10. Culturally Responsive Teaching for ELL Students

Culturally responsive teaching is an important way to meet the needs of ELL students. Discover how to create a welcoming environment, provide culturally relevant reading material and foster relationships with families to help ELL students succeed in the classroom.

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