Digital Learning Strategies for Academic Language and ELL Support

strategies for ell distance learning

Direct Instruction: Vocabulary

Reading PK-3

Seeing and using new words repeatedly and in many contexts is critical for Vocabulary acquisition.

Multimodal Instruction

Reading PK-3

Instruction in multiple formats allows students to activate different cognitive skills to understand and remember the steps they are to take in their reading work.

Manipulatives

Reading PK-3

Providing physical representations of concepts helps activate mental processes.

Dialogic Reading

Reading PK-3

With this interactive technique, teachers help students become storytellers by listening and questioning.

Sentence Frames

Literacy 4-6

Sentence frames or stems provide language support for students' writing and participation in academic discussions.

Manipulatives: Sentence Construction

Literacy 4-6

Providing physical representations of parts of a sentence activates learners' mental processes.

Student Choice

Literacy 4-6

Providing students a voice in their learning is critical for making learning meaningful.

Visual Reading Aids

Literacy 4-6

Visual supports, like text magnification, colored overlays, and guided reading strips, help students focus and properly track as they read.

Collaborative Writing

Literacy 4-6

When peers are able to work together to plan, draft, edit, and revise their compositions, their writing quality improves.

Word Walls

Literacy 4-6

A word wall helps build Vocabulary for reading fluidity.

Growth Mindset Feedback

Literacy 4-6

Providing feedback that focuses on the process of developing skills conveys the importance of effort and motivates students to persist when learning.

Feedback on Writing

Literacy 7-12

Providing constructive feedback supports students' writing development by letting them know how to improve their writing.

Accessible Vocabulary & Syntax

Literacy 7-12

Using language that is accessible and appropriately leveled for each student allows all students to feel successful and participate in learning.

Daily Review

Literacy 7-12

Daily review strengthens previous learning and can lead to fluent recall of information and application of skills.

Journaling

Literacy 7-12

Journaling allows students to reflect on their thinking and feelings, process their learning, and connect new information to what they know.

Provide Writing Models

Literacy 7-12

When teachers provide students with model texts for their writing, they learn to identify effective elements to incorporate into their own writing.

Verbal Repetition

Literacy 7-12

Having students verbally repeat information such as instructions ensures they have heard the information and supports remembering, particularly for those students who struggle with Attention.

Multiple Representations: Visual Representations

Math 3-6

Visual representations help students understand what a number represents as well as recognize relationships between numbers.

learner factors connected to english language learners development PK-3

Reading PK-3

Primary Language is the language a person has been exposed to from birth.

Reading PK-3

A student's Home Literacy Environment (HLE) is the environment parents and caregivers provide to help learners gain early literacy skills.

Reading PK-3

We all bring our own Background Knowledge, that is what we know and have experienced, to what we read.

Reading PK-3

Syntax skills help us understand how sentences work—the meanings behind word order, structure, and punctuation.

Reading PK-3

Morphemes are the parts of words that have their own meaning, such as prefixes (*re*play) and root words (re*play*).

Reading PK-3

Helping students build their Vocabulary helps them understand what they are reading.

Reading PK-3

Working Memory allows a person to temporarily hold and manipulate information to apply in other processes.

Reading PK-3

Long-term Memory can store information indefinitely.

Reading PK-3

Motivation is the desire and energy that guides behavior.

Learner Factors 4-6

Literacy 4-6

Primary Language is the language a person has been exposed to from birth.

Literacy 4-6

During the upper elementary years, students' Literacy Environments expand beyond the home and encompass a broad array of reading and writing opportunities.

Literacy 4-6

We all bring our own Background Knowledge, that is, what we know and have experienced, to what we read and write.

Literacy 4-6

To become more skilled readers and writers, students need to be able to understand and produce increasingly complex Syntax.

Literacy 4-6

Morphemes are parts of words that have their own meaning, such as prefixes (_re_play) and root words (re_play_).

Literacy 4-6

To become more sophisticated readers and writers, students need to be able to understand and produce increasingly advanced academic and content area Vocabulary.

Literacy 4-6

With our Working Memory, we recall and apply the knowledge stored in our Short- and Long-term Memories to help understand what we are reading and to plan writing.

Literacy 4-6

Long-term Memory can store information indefinitely.

Literacy 4-6

Helping students find value in their work is critical to motivating them to become successful readers and writers.

Learner Factors 7-12

Literacy 7-12

Primary Language is the language a person has been exposed to from birth.

Literacy 7-12

A student's Literacy Environment includes the resources provided by their home, school, and community that helps them develop their literacy skills.

Literacy 7-12

Students build knowledge from their experiences both in and out of school.

Literacy 7-12

Syntactic skills help us understand how sentences work—the meanings behind word order, structure, and punctuation.

Literacy 7-12

Reading Fluency refers to the foundational literacy skills, including word decoding, that are necessary for reading comprehension.

Literacy 7-12

Building students' Vocabulary and ability to decode unfamiliar words helps with reading comprehension and effective writing.

Literacy 7-12

With our Working Memory, we recall and apply the knowledge stored in our Short- and Long-term Memories to help understand what we are reading and to plan writing.

Literacy 7-12

Long-term Memory can store information indefinitely.

Literacy 7-12

Motivation is the desire and energy that guides behavior.