English Language Learners (ELLs) continue to be a growing population in U.S. schools. In fact, nearly five million students, or one out of every ten students, in public schools is an English Language Learner.* You may have a growing population in your classroom already! It’s important to remember that ELLs bring unique assets as well as challenges to our teaching. So, how can all teachers differentiate for ELLs in their classrooms?
By getting to know more about ELLs’ backgrounds, teachers can ensure that curriculum is relevant and meaningful for students. And through specific strategies to teach academic language, teachers can create language-rich experiences that allow for ELLs — and all students — to read, write, listen, and speak in any content area.
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