Tag Archives: content-based instruction

6 Questions to Support Multilingual Learners in Learning Content-Area Vocabulary

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

If teachers of multilingual learners (MLLs), whether they are in the general education classroom or in an ESL class, want to help MLLs to understand content-area texts, they need to use strategies that help students gain new academic vocabulary. Here … Continue reading

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Successfully Implement Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning for ELs

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

All kids are curious, no matter where they are born or what language they speak. Curiosity—the desire to understand and explain how the world works—drives the questions that we ask and the investigations that we conduct. But how do we … Continue reading

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STEM and ELT: 7 Science Reading Strategies

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

There is growing interest in how to teach English learners (ELs) science in the general education classroom especially because science contains a lot of reading and academic language. The strategies I discuss here, including the four strategies from Part 1 … Continue reading

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8 Strategies for Teaching Math to English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Classroom and ESL teachers often discuss difficulties they encounter when teaching math to  English learners (ELs). The first step is to look at the challenges your students face when learning math in English. It’s often said that “math is a … Continue reading

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Helping Secondary Students Develop Scientific Literacy

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Secondary ELL teachers who focus on content-based instruction quickly become masters at adapting vocabulary. With a little familiarity of the subject and the assignment’s goals, they can turn a seldom-used word into something more conversational faster than most people can … Continue reading

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Challenges for ELs in the Social Studies Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Understanding the language and concepts used in a social studies classroom provides an enormous challenge to ELs. ELs generally lack prior knowledge of the U.S. history, geography, and current events needed to understand new material in social studies, and even … Continue reading

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Combining Content-Based Instruction With Career Goals in Secondary School

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

High school is the time when many young people start considering different careers. Those who are more interested in science take better notes of what happens in labs, while the aspiring artists and writers start searching for their voice. But … Continue reading

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Making Word Problems Less Problematic

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

I worked in adult ESL education before earning my secondary school teacher certification, and one student I’ll always remember was a woman who was a math teacher in her former country. She could handle problems and equations so easily, I … Continue reading

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