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ELT Best Practices: Young Learners in Ireland

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

With an ELT career spanning 20 years, Lou McLaughlin’s best practices stem from her dedication to young learners as a teacher and young learner teacher trainer. According to Lou, teacher cognition, focusing on learner capabilities, and setting realistic expectations are key … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Play in the Education of Young ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I would like to introduce guest blogger  Karen Nemeth. Karen is an author, consultant, and presenter focusing on effective early education for dual language learners. A recent opinion piece in the New York Times, Let the Kids Learn Through Play, focused on … Continue reading

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ELT in Early Childhood: Circle Time

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

If you are working with young English learners, chances are you are using a portion of your class for what is known in the United States as “circle time”—a time when learners typically sit on the floor instead of their … 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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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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