7 Signs You Are Teaching Your English Learners Well


The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse examines programs and practices intended to support English Learner achievement.  The following classroom practices have been shown to have a positive or potentially positive effect on educational outcomes.  For more details on the practices visit the What Works Clearinghouse.

1) My students often work in pairs or small groups discussing and interacting to complete academic tasks.

2) My students frequently engage in teacher-facilitated small group discussions about key concepts from readings.

3) My students often respond in writing in a literature log to a prompt about readings.

4) I teach students how to use reading comprehension strategies.

5) I teach students to use the writing process for a variety of purposes.

6) I provide high quality vocabulary instruction throughout the day.

7) I provide focused and intensive small group instruction for readers who are struggling.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


1 Comment

Mary Erkins
Mary Erkins

April 21, 2013

Found it very affirming to know that I am doing all 7 of these and will continue to do so, adding an oral component tonumbers 3-7 as my students need oral expression most.

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