Strategies to Support ELLs:
Quick Reference Guide (printable)
The following is a quick guide to strategies to support ELLs. For a more in-depth view of strategies, please explore the remainder of this section. Research shows that although all students benefit from sheltered and scaffolded instruction, it is absolutely essential for ELLs (Wright, 2010). Rothenberg and Fisher (2007) state that students learning a new language require comprehensible input, contextualized instruction, low-anxiety environment, and meaningful engagement to succeed in the content-area classroom. (p. 35) Strategies that promote engagement and lower the affective filter, like many featured on this site, are crucial in helping ELLs to feel comfortable participating in class and actually learning. For an excellent text that covers many different types of such strategies in detail, I recommend Herrill and Jordan's Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners (2011).