10 EAL Strategies
10 ways to Boost Language in your classroom, (there are so many more, but here are some basics):
- Use visuals—we learn so much from what we see.
- Limit Teacher Talk! You talk less—they talk more. (e.g. Think-Pair-Share, Wh Q’s) Your voice is an effective tool, and so are your ears.
- Give wait time…and lots of it. It is amazing what happens when you allow space.
- Comprehension Checks—check for understanding all along the way. Formative assessments are key for continuing.
- Use Hand/Body Gestures—makes input more comprehensible.
- Use Graphic Organizers—make time for this, it helps students rehearse and organize what they are learning. (e.g. Venn diagram, T-chart, Story Map)
- Let them talk with their peers. Peer Talk helps them organize and express their content.
- Add chants and music—great for hearing and speaking target language. Great for assessment too…have them make their own song up about the content!
- ( this space for YOUR favorite strategy… )
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Feel free to share your favorite strategies in the comments section. All learners, (not just ELL’s) need to develop new academic language.
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