Additional ELD strategies

8H) Talk one-on-one

Talk with ML children one-on-one, providing targeted, language interactions, based on their needs.

Video: English, Spanish, and Chinese, too

This video is an example of an interaction between a teacher and a child that respects and promotes all types of language learning in the classroom. The teacher and child read together and build a conversation about speaking in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
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Video: A Boy and His Puzzle

As a boy plays with a puzzle, both an English-speaking peer and the teacher help him develop and practice English learning.
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Video: Toy Animals

This video clip shows both English and Spanish-speaking teachers developing student content knowledge about animals through oral conversations. Students then paint animals using toys as examples and share knowledge about their paintings so teachers can write down what each child says.
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Video: Sharing at the Easel—Transference

This clip is an example of a teacher listening to a child narrate what she has drawn, and carefully labeling it with the child's exact words. The teacher acknowledges responses given in both English and Spanish.
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Video: My Pumpkin Story—Metalinguistic Awareness

A teacher works with Wendy to orally discuss and write a story about a recent pumpkin project. When the teacher asks Wendy to take her writing home, the interaction changes to Spanish so Wendy can talk to her Spanish-speaking mother about her project.
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Video: Soyul & Teacher Yvette—Beginning a New Language

This video is a series of excerpts from the first months of preschool for Soyul, a Korean-speaking Multilingual Learner. The video showcases instructional moves that the teacher, Yvette, makes to teach English language development during Soyul's initial silent period.
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Video: The Stages of Preschool Second Language Acquisition

In this video, the term the four stages of second language development for early education are described and then exemplified through teaching vignettes between one teacher and one Korean-speaking Multilingual Learner.
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Video & Video Guide: Adventures in Preschool Second Language Acquisition

This video showcases the relationship between one teacher and one Korean-speaking Multilingual Learner and her family. The video includes vignettes of teaching, interviews with the teacher, the family, and administrators, and many rich examples of English development teaching strategies. The accompanying guide suggests moments in the video to pause to notice teachers’ practice, along with prompts for reflection and discussion.
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Video: Differentiating Instruction in Writer’s Workshop in a 3rd-Grade Dual Immersion Classroom

A third-grade teacher talks through her implementation of a writer's workshop and her one-on-one conferencing with Multilingual Learners. This allows her to differentiate instruction and accelerate each student's English language learning.
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Video: Oral Language Development Through Integrated & Designated ELD

This video showcases a series of ELD lessons in a kindergarten class, aimed at preparing Multilingual Learners to orally give and write an opinion. The teacher incorporates both direct instruction and multiple opportunities for students to work with peers.
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Tip Sheet: Supporting English Language Development When Children Have Little Experience with English

This resource provides several ways that teachers can support Multilingual Learners (MLs) in their English language development, even if teachers do not speak the learner's home language. Strategies include modeling English in one-on-one conversations, waiting for MLs to process language, and using a mix of closed- and open-ended questions.
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Video: Tips for Teaching Newcomers

This video introduces instructional tips that elementary teachers can use to support instruction for newcomer Multilingual Learners, including visuals, gradual release, shared writing, and recognizing what students are bringing to their learning.
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Video: Juicy Sentence Example with Butterflies (K)

This video is an example of a teacher facilitating a "juicy sentence" discussion with a group of kindergarteners learning about butterflies. The juicy sentence strategy helps Multilingual Learners access complex text through the study of a mentor sentence.
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Article: Understanding the Silent Period with English Learners

This article offers both verbal and non-verbal actions that a teacher can take during language interactions with Multilingual Learners in the "silent period" of English language acquisition. Connection is important to both build relationships and meet these students' individual language needs.
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Strategy Overview: The Art of Listening to English Learners

This article offers teachers tips on how to listen to Multilingual Learners, especially those who are just beginning to share their thinking in English. While listening, teachers can informally assess language to inform their future instruction.
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Video: Conferring with Young English Language Learners

In this short video, a teacher discusses strategies that support one-on-one conferring with Multilingual Learners, even when she does not speak the home language of the student.
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Website: Environment and Materials to Support Dual Language Learners

This resource describes the ways that teachers can set up their classroom environments to support Multilingual Learners. For example, teachers can include labels and other functional print in the home language and display and provide culturally relevant materials.
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