One important tool that most ELLs need is a dual language picture dictionary. Sometimes we have these in our schools but most of the time we may not. Or if we do have great dictionaries they do not always have subject specific vocabulary. Here is a great freebie that I have used with my new students. When they encounter a new word they can add it along with a picture to their personal dictionary. There is also space to put the word and the definition in their first language. This will help the student make the links between their first language and their second language.
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