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4 Icebreakers to Make Conversations Flow in ESL Classrooms

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Another school year is about to begin, but even though it’s still summer your classroom may be a cold place. Your new students won’t know who you are or how the school works, and the returning students may not know … Continue reading

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Starting the School Year With Strong Classroom Management

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Two months ago, we were counting down the days until the school year ended, and now we’re counting down the days until the next one begins. We should have a good idea of what our curriculum will cover, how to … Continue reading

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Know Your ELLs’ Rights: A Quick Federal Law Review

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Our training for ESL/ELL specialization covers lots of ground. To make ourselves valuable resources for our students, we learn about linguistics, cultural connections, how to adapt assessments, and curriculum development. What we rarely learn about, though, are the laws behind ESL … Continue reading

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Critiquing Your Critiques: What to Ask Yourself Before Giving Written Feedback

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

I often joke that the difference between an ESL specialist and an English teacher is like the difference between an engineer and an artist: The ESL specialist is concerned with the mechanics of language to solve problems, while the English … Continue reading

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What You Need to Include in an ELL Needs Assessment

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Congratulations! You made it through another school year. Enjoy your summer, but unless you’re retiring (in which case, congratulations again) it will be time to prepare for the new school year before you know it. There will be some familiar … Continue reading

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