Ch 17: Teaching Content-Area Knowledge & Skills to ELL Students

About This Chapter

Refresh your memory of ways to teach content-area knowledge and skills to ELL students with help from this fun chapter. Reviewing short lessons and taking mini quizzes can ensure you're ready and able to excel on an upcoming test.

Teaching Content-Area Knowledge & Skills to ELL Students - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers a comprehensive overview of strategies for teaching content-area knowledge and skills to ELL students. Explore our entertaining lessons to better understand content-based instruction, how to modify language without simplification in ELL classrooms and more. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Differentiate between prior knowledge and background knowledge for ELL students
  • Explain how to build background knowledge for ELL students
  • Define and describe the cognitive academic language learning approach
  • Detail how to provide explicit instruction in content-specific discourse skills
  • Exhibit knowledge of thematic units for ELL students

Every lesson in this chapter is paired with a short, multiple-choice quiz you can take any time to assess your comprehension of primary concepts. If you develop questions while studying the lessons, don't hesitate to reach out to our subject-matter experts by visiting your Dashboard. We offer a practice exam that lets you effectively assess your knowledge of the entire chapter. These study tools are available 24 hours a day via your preferred computer, smartphone or tablet.

7 Lessons in Chapter 17: Teaching Content-Area Knowledge & Skills to ELL Students
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Content-Based Instruction: Definition & Example

1. Content-Based Instruction: Definition & Example

Learning a new language can be difficult. Content-based instruction is a powerful tool for language instruction. This lesson will define content-based instruction and provide an example of how to use it in the classroom.

Prior Knowledge vs. Background Knowledge for ELL Students

2. 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

3. 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.

Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach

4. Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach

In this lesson, you'll learn about the cognitive academic language learning approach, a method used to help English language learners gain academic fluency in English. Terms are defined, an example is provided, and a short quiz follows.

Providing Explicit Instruction in Content-Specific Discourse Skills

5. Providing Explicit Instruction in Content-Specific Discourse Skills

Helping students learn to communicate in different content areas often involves teaching them discursive strategies specific to different disciplines. This lesson discusses explicit instruction in content-specific discourse skills.

Modifying Language without Simplification in ELL Classrooms

6. Modifying Language without Simplification in ELL Classrooms

Students have varying English language abilities. Therefore, how can a teacher effectively modify language without over simplification? This lesson explores strategies teachers can use to modify language in English language learner (ELL) classrooms.

Thematic Units for ELL Students

7. Thematic Units for ELL Students

In this lesson, you'll explore how implementing thematic units can help your ELL students build both content knowledge and progress through the language domains of reading, speaking, listening, and writing.

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