Tag Archives: primary ESL

How to Hold Effective Conferences With Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

When families of English learners (ELs) are actively engaged in the education of their children, those children will attend school more regularly, be less likely to drop out, and be more successful academically. Many classroom teachers do not know how … Continue reading

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4 Strategies for Scaffolding Instruction for ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In this blog, I am going to highlight how teachers of ELs can meet the language needs of their students through scaffolding. Teachers need to take into account the language demands that ELs face in content classrooms and use scaffolding … Continue reading

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Teaching Idioms to Young English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Well-chosen children’s literature can provide an excellent opportunity to explicitly teach the concept of idiomatic language to young English learners.  Thematic units on friendship or feelings are an especially good way to introduce idioms and tie them to the lesson … Continue reading

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Influx of Immigrant Children From Central America

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

One of the top stories in the news during 2014 was about the influx of undocumented immigrant children at the U.S. southern border. More than 60,000 children crossed the border during 2014 seeking refuge in the United States. Many of these … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2015! Teaching Worldwide Celebrations

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Whether your English learners celebrate the New Year on January 1st or not, they will enjoy learning about some famous New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place on December 31st. This is also a great springboard to having your ELs talk and … Continue reading

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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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