Tag Archives: content-based instruction

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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Teaching Content-Area Vocabulary to ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

If ESL teachers want to help their students understand content-area texts, they need to aid classroom teachers in learning  teaching strategies  that help English learners (ELs) gain new content area vocabulary. In a recent TESOL blog,  I discussed modifying teaching … Continue reading

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Six Strategies for Teaching ELLs Across the Content Areas

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The role of the ESL teacher is changing. According to the TESOL’s Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher, “ESL teachers should be recognized as experts, consultants, and trainers well versed … Continue reading

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