Tag Archives: primary ESL

Teaching ELs to Summarize and Synthesize Texts

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Good readers need to learn to summarize text in order to highlight the important information that they read. In my last blog, I talked about teaching ELs how to determine what is relevant in nonfiction texts. They also need to … Continue reading

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Teaching ELs to Read Nonfiction Texts

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In previous blogs, I discussed the advantages of Reading Workshop in helping ELs learn to read in English. I especially recommend this kind of reading instruction because of the following benefits to ELs. They can read books that they have … Continue reading

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Helping ELs to Learn to Ask Questions During Reading

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

This blog is Part 3 in my series about teaching English learners reading comprehension strategies. Because good readers ask questions throughout the reading process, I will discuss how to help ELs acquire the skill of asking questions before, during, and after … Continue reading

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Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my last blog, I talked about Reading Workshop and how well comprehension strategies work for English learners (ELs). Books such as Mosaic of Thought (Keene and Zimmerman, 2007), Reading with Meaning (Miller 2012), and Strategies That Work (Harvey and Goudvi … Continue reading

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EL Reading Comprehension Strategy: Visualization

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Many years ago, teachers in my school started exploring Reading Workshop to teach reading to children in Grades K–5. We attended workshops given at Columbia University and received staff development by members of Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Project. Although … Continue reading

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The Power of Collaboration and Active Engagement for ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

For today’s blog on collaboration, I have collaborated with author and professional development provider Karen Nemeth. Karen is a nationally known expert in early childhood education and dual language learners. Teachers in many general education classes lecture to impart information … Continue reading

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Is Education for Pre-K–5 ELs Equitable? (Part 2)

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my last blog, I talked about the inequities of the learning environment for English learners. This discussion included class size, grouping, the number of schools serviced by the ESL teacher, and the size and location of teaching space. In … Continue reading

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Is Education for Pre-K–5 ELs Equitable? (Part 1)

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

On July 2, 2014, the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Due to this Act, all students have the right to … Continue reading

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Strategies for Providing a Bully-Free Environment for ELLs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

English language learners (ELLs) are often the targets of bullying. Accented language and cultural customs that are perceived as different frequently cause ELLs to be victimized by bullies. Bullying is evident in the classroom as early as preschool, and there are … 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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