Working with English Language Learners: Strategies for Elementary and Middle School Teachers.
No of pages:
This guide presents findings of a 1993 focus group on active learning instructional models for limited English proficient (LEP) students. It offers perspectives, strategies, and suggestions that teachers can use to help LEP students improve their English while also including them in content area instruction. The guide first discusses the diverse backgrounds of LEP students and the need for understanding cultural differences and the nature of second language learning. Advice is provided on creating an active learning instructional model and a supportive environment where LEP students can create their own learning. Teachers should maximize opportunities for language use and provide for active participation in meaningful and challenging tasks, while providing support to help students understand instruction in English. Cultural diversity should be treated as a resource that benefits all students. Finally, teachers need to work together with colleagues and others to restructure activities in their classrooms. (cas)