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Literacy and New MLLs in U.S. Elementary Schools: Another Look

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my August blog post, I talked about the characteristics of multilingual learners (MLLs) who come from families and communities that are literacy oriented. I described a family whose daughter, Angela, made an excellent adjustment to U.S. elementary schools because … Continue reading

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Literacy and New MLLs in U.S. Elementary Schools

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Teachers of multilingual learners (MLLs) in the United States will be meeting new students from many countries this fall. Recently arrived students from Ukraine, Haiti, Russia, Afghanistan, and Central and South America, to name a few, will be welcomed to … Continue reading

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5 Gestures to Teach MLLs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my June blog, entitled “The Importance of Body Language for Effective Oral Communication,” I introduced how important it is to teach body language to multilingual language learners (MLLs) so that they can learn to communicate effectively. I specifically discussed … Continue reading

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The Importance of Body Language for Effective Oral Communication

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

For those educators who are teaching multilingual language learners (MLLs), body language is an important topic to address. Teachers of MLLs need to impart to their students that speaking to others is more than putting words together. If we create … Continue reading

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7 Resources From the #MLLCHAT Community

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I have long been an active member of a Twitter community that supports teachers of multilingual learners (MLLs). If you check the #MLLCHAT hashtag on Twitter (formerly #ELLCHAT), you will find many educators who write books, articles, and blogs on … Continue reading

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Checking Reading Comprehension? Ask Better Questions!

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

“Ms. Gottschalk, don’t you get it?” The young English learner (EL) asking me this question was genuinely concerned. He was perplexed because I kept asking him and his classmates questions about a picture—questions whose answers I obviously already knew. In … Continue reading

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Optimizing Reading Comprehension for MLLS: 6 Strategies

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

When my school first adopted the Reading Workshop, a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension, I became a proponent of this approach and worked to find ways to adapt it to … Continue reading

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6 Questions to Support Multilingual Learners in Learning Content-Area Vocabulary

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

If teachers of multilingual learners (MLLs), whether they are in the general education classroom or in an ESL class, want to help MLLs to understand content-area texts, they need to use strategies that help students gain new academic vocabulary. Here … Continue reading

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