This is part 2 of 10 Ways To Increase Language Proficiency in English Learners, where I will continue to share 10 of my favorite tips for helping teachers create an effective English learning environment—from partnering with third-party services that offer online classes to understanding the different stages of second language acquisition. With these tips in hand (and some patience!), you’ll be on your way to helping everyone reach their full potential. Let’s dive in.
If you’re a brand-new ESL teacher or a seasoned ESL teacher, you might feel overwhelmed when it comes to increasing language proficiency in English learners, but don’t worry! With the right strategies and tools, you’ll feel equipped to guide your students through a year of learning and growth.
Here are some tips and tricks that can help all teachers increase language proficiency in English learners:
#6: Language Learning Websites
Recommend reputable language learning websites that offer free resources and activities for English learners. Websites like ESL Gold, EnglishClub, or British Council’s LearnEnglish provide interactive exercises, quizzes, and learning materials.
#7: Language Learning Games to Increase Language Proficiency
#8: Conversational Partners
Connect English learners with fluent English speakers or native speakers who can serve as conversational partners. This can be done through language exchange programs, peer tutoring, or virtual language exchange platforms like ConversationExchange or Tandem.
#9: Language Assessment Tools
Utilize language assessment tools to track students’ progress and identify areas for improvement. Tools like the WIDA MODEL, ACCESS for ELLs, or Cambridge English Language Assessment can provide valuable insights into students’ language proficiency levels and help guide instructional planning.
#10: Professional Development and Workshops
Attend professional development workshops or webinars that focus on effective strategies for teaching English learners. These workshops can provide insights into language acquisition theories, instructional methodologies, and best practices for supporting English learners’ language development.
I hope this 2 part blog post has given you some ideas about how you can support your English Learners and provide them with the tools and resources they need to develop their English proficiency. Whether it’s as simple as providing a bilingual dictionary or venturing out into tech-based language learning platforms, there are lots of ways we can help our ELs become fluent in English.
Use the strategies above to create an effective language learning program that suits your classroom needs. Remember, the right strategy is just as essential as the actual resources and materials you choose to use. Let me know how these strategies work for you in the comments below or connect with me on social to share your experience with the wider teaching community. Together, let’s help our students achieve maximum success and proficiency in English!
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