English Learners are the fastest growing student population in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Education’s English Learner Fall Report, the number of students who are English Learners has grown by 300 percent in the last 20 years. For this reason, among others, it is important that teachers have tools that they can use to scaffold academic English for EL students. Here are few more tools you can use that do not take a lot of prep and can assist your English Learners in acquiring academic language (click here to see previous tools).
Connect new information to prior learning or experiences
An anticipation guide can be a great tool to assist students as they access prior knowledge and transfer to new knowledge.
Provide opportunities for students to talk
Think-Pair-Write-Share is a strategy to allow students the opportunity to express their thoughts orally before writing.
Use graphic organizers to help students organize their thoughts
An “H-Map” is a variation on a Venn Diagram for compare and contrast.
This post brought to you by Katie Miller, K-12 EL Implementation Associate
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