Classroom Instruction that Works Chapter 5 and ELL Article

In order to better the experience of our ELL students and accommodate all their needs, practical methods need to be considered.  In an article, it is revealed that the Jefferson Parish public school system spent 5.6 million dollars specifically for improving the learning experience of ELL students.  While simply throwing money at a problem is obviously not the solution, effectively using that money to provide ELL students with proper materials so they can be integrated into a normal classroom setting is a practical method that can help accommodate all ELL students.  However, if school budgets cannot allocate sources towards providing ELL with more resources there are other practical measures.  Another method schools can undertake is attempting to hire teachers that are bilingual or have some proficiency in a secondary language in order to better connect with ELL students.  Other methods can be simply implemented in everyday instruction.  Teachers can use graphic organizers to help their ELL students by making note-taking exceptionally easier and giving them a device to remember the big themes of a lesson, as opposed to suffering from sensory-overload by attempting to take unregulated notes on all the content that is covered in a given lesson.  Another method for everyday classroom instruction is purposively using imagery in lessons.  The use of lessons allows ELL students to form a tangible understanding of a concept by associating an image with a word or phrase.  Depending on the class, the use of kinetic movement can also be effective for accommodating ELL students. For example, during my freshman year of high school my Pre-AP World History Teacher would have us as a class reenact or ‘play’ certain events in world history to understand concepts such as ritual sacrifice in the Inca Empire, or the baby selection process in Sparta.  Engaging in physical movement is a means that, again, allows ELL students to create a tangible understanding of a concept by associating that activity with a word or phrase.


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