Multicultural Stories for a Dual Language Classroom

Multicultural stories are great tools to use in dual language classrooms.  English Language Learners (ELLs) and Dual Language Learners (DLLs) can relate to the stories being told, in turn, ELL and DLL students will be more inclined to read the book. Further, multicultural stories, especially bilingual books, ELL and DLL students are better able to understand and comprehend what they are … Read More

5 Research based Writing Prompts for Elementary ELLs

Learning how to speak and read is interconnected with learning how to write. Writing is a skill that can be honed through writing prompts. For many English Language Learners (ELLs), they may need additional practice to put their thoughts into writing. That is why it is encouraged for ELL students to make the connection between speaking, reading, and writing as early … Read More

Building Blocks for Academic Success

School administrators and teachers know that there are certain topics and skills that students should master throughout their educational journey. They understand that these building blocks are the foundation for academic success and beyond. Building blocks for academic success include the development of social, motivational, emotional and cognitive skills.  School readiness is often associated with academic building blocks, which are certain … Read More

Vocabulary – A Key Indicator for School Success

Research shows that there is a positive and strong correlation between vocabulary and academic success. Further, having a strong vocabulary is necessary for reading and reading is necessary in order to achieve academic success. Teachers working with English Learners (ELs) have an additional barrier to overcome, as EL students have little to no prior vocabulary in English. However, there are several … Read More

Title III — A Focus on Reaching out to Families for Family Literacy

Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides funding to school districts that can be used towards creating programs that encourage family literacy among English Language Learners (ELLs). The initiatives funded by Title III help to improve the language and literacy skills of ELLs, in turn, lead to English language proficiency. Family literacy activities build and enhance literacy … Read More

3 Easy Ways to Help Young Readers to Make Inferences

Inferences are made based on what children know from their own experiences. When young readers are able to comprehend implied information, it helps to improve their reading skills and ability to make inferences, along with coming to conclusions. This skill plays an important role in the academic development and success of students throughout their school experience and life. Being able to make inferences … Read More

An Overview of Dual Language Standards Grades K-3

Dual Language programs have proven to be the best method for promoting bilingualism and biliteracy among English Language Learners (ELLs). The main goal of Dual Language programs is to develop fluency and literacy in English, as well as in an additional language, which is typically Spanish. Additionally, Dual Language programs help promote biculturalism, which fosters an appreciation for different cultures.  Dual … Read More

Creating Lifelong Readers with ELLs In The Classroom

English Language Learners (ELLs) have particular needs that must be met during reading and writing instruction.  Some ELL students come into the classroom able to read and write fluently in their home or native language.  While other ELL students come into the classroom with little to no previous reading and writing skills.  Teachers have to focus on teaching and improving … Read More

Helping Newcomers with Entry Level ESL

ESL newcomers are one of the fastest growing segments of students in the United States’ public school system. For that reason, as educators and school officials, it is important that we help newcomers adjust to ESL instruction. Helping ESL students with phonics, as well as other literacy and language skills better prepares them for school and life. Take a look at some … Read More

5 Research Based Reading Strategies for Elementary ELLs

Teaching literacy skills to young children can be quite a task. Now factor in their status as English Language Learners (ELLs), and the task gets even more difficult. As a teacher, you want to showcase the literacy strengths of your students, while enhancing their weaknesses. But how can you do both, especially when your students’ native language is other than English? If … Read More