Posted on 12/15/2016 at 08:10 AM by Liz Determan

When a new EL student comes into our classroom for the first time it can make us a little anxious. What do I do now? How can I help this student? Who is going to teach this child? Where’s our EL teacher?

Here are some tips on how to work with EL students in content-area classrooms.

Kristina Robertson shares some thoughts on how to start the New Year off right by working with vocabulary and writing.

Kristina Robertson gives some great tips on how to support ELs in the mainstream classroom.  Some of these include how to simplify language without “dumbing it down” and pairing students for discussion.


This was written by Jennifer Gonzales.  She gives us twelve strategies that classroom teachers can use when working with EL students.


This article is written by Larry Ferlazzo.  He has a wealth of resources on his site for EL teachers as well as classroom teachers.  This article gives the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of working with EL students.  He talks about modeling, wait time, giving instructions as well as other tips for working with EL students.

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