How can educators of English language learners (ELLs) provide students with ample opportunities for language development in online settings?
This article offers some concrete tips and strategies to continue developing language skills in a virtual setting, including oral language practice and structured literacy development.
These strategies can benefit all students ― not just ELLs ― and many of these ideas will also offer great opportunities for collaboration and co-teaching on behalf of ELLs during the pandemic.
ELL Instruction During COVID-19
ELLs need to learn content and language at the same time. Yet given how challenging it has been for so many ELLs to access instruction during the pandemic, many students have had little or no access to grade-level content or language instruction since March ― a situation which further exacerbates the inequities that were in place before the pandemic.
They may also not have had access to regular progress monitoring or assessments of their language skills. That's why embedding instruction focused on students' language …