DEEP DIVE / English Language Learners

What does language-rich, content-based instruction look like for ELLs?

< Teaching Channel Guide to English Language Learners

As Rebecca Green of Stanford’s Understanding Language explains in her Tch blog post, “English Language Learners (ELLs) face the double challenge of learning academic content as well as the language in which it is presented... we have found that ELLs benefit from instructional approaches that treat language and content in an integrated way that is designed to help them build the language skills that they need to succeed in content classrooms, college, and careers.”

Read the rest of Ms. Green’s post. Then, take a look at the resources on this page to explore ways in which you can integrate content and language instruction in your own classroom. Have questions? Be sure to ask them in the Q&A!


Intentionally Use Practices that Support ELLs

When planning your lessons, think about ways in which you can engage and support your ELLs in meaningful ways.

Teachers in San Francisco use five essential practices when teaching their ELLs
See five essential practices in action in the content areas of social studies and science

Teachers in San Francisco use five essential practices when teaching their ELLs. Read about these high-leverage practices here.

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See these five essential practices in action in the content areas of social studies and science by viewing the videos in this playlist blog.

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Deepen Learning Through Projects

One of the best ways to make content learning language-rich and meaningful is through project-based learning.

Watch this overview video on how Deeper Learning practices can support ELLs
see project-based learning in action in a content area classroom

Watch this overview video on how Deeper Learning practices can support ELLs. Then take a look at the rest of the ELL videos in our Deeper Learning series.

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To see project-based learning in action in a content area classroom, watch this video from the Internationals Network for Public Schools.

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Use Complex Texts in ELA

Don’t shy away from complex texts when teaching ELLs. Use scaffolding and other supports to help all students access texts.

ELA instruction for middle school English Language Learners
See how one teacher tackles complex informational texts with her students

Take a look at this video series showcasing a unit from Stanford’s Understanding Language, focused on ELA instruction for middle school English Language Learners.

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See how one teacher tackles complex informational texts with her students, including her ELLs. Start by watching the overview of the series.

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Help your students access complex texts by using art as a scaffold. Read more about using the arts with ELLs.


Bridge Language and Content

Integrate language learning into content lessons throughout the day.

Bridging Content in a Bilingual Classroom
Seven Step Vocabulary Lesson

Watch how teachers and students work together to bridge vocabulary and concepts learned in one language to another.

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Try a scaffolded method of teaching vocabulary.

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Still need a few more examples?

Take a look at these videos to see how teachers integrate content and language learning.


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