Hi Teachers of ELLs - English Language Learners!
Do you teach ELLs in your classroom? Or are you an interventionist - an ESL/ELL Specialist and/or Coordinator?
Here is a QUICK & EFFECTIVE system for making every 30-45 minute class flow SMOOTHLY and with ACCOUNTABILITY!
- Detailed set-up instructions
- List of materials
- Labels all ready for printing
- FREE access for the entire school year to any upgrades or additions to "My Five Things" ELL/ESL Classroom
Whether you have been given the seemingly-but-not-quite impossible task of using only 30 minutes a day to work on language skills as a pull-out interventionist in a hallway or corner of the school building, or whether you must use Small Group Time to address the needs of your English Language Learners (ELLs) within your self-contained classroom, this will help you and your ELL students stay EFFICIENT, ACCOUNTABLE and HAPPY!
Even if you do have a little more time than that, this classroom management system should work wonders for:
- Keeping students accountable and on task,
- Keeping you, the teacher, aware of how many language domains you have covered of the four during your limited time together (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing), and of whether you can give credit for Respect; and, finally,
- Staying on task.
I used it last year for all of my classes with great success, worrying at first that my middle-schoolers would find the system childish or unhelpful. Well, after I took introductory time to explain exactly how "Doing the Five Things" daily might look, defining each work and giving examples (which I will provide you with here), even the hardest, most cynical 8th grader was on board, and took collecting 5 straws for the day very seriously, just like the kindergartners. That may have to do with my reward system, which I include as well!
As for Theory: I’ve been teaching ELLs from PreK to adult since 1983 and there’s always something new to learn, share and apply! As you know, Second Language Acquisition has its own important body of research and Best Practices. Here’s a great refresher article on ResearchGate to get back into the swim of things:
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