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English Learner Programs

  Hilda Lopez TSP Program Advisor

Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners

SDAIE Strategies (Specially Designed Academic Instruction for English)

1.      Metacognitive Development: Providing students with skills and vocabulary to talk about their learning. Examples: Self assessments, note taking and studying techniques, and vocabulary assignments.

2.      Bridging: Establishing a link between the students’ prior knowledge and the material. Examples: Think-pair-share, quick-writes, and anticipatory charts.

3.      Schema-Building: Helping students see the relationships between various concepts. Examples: compare and contrast, jigsaw learning, peer teaching, and projects.

4.      Contextualization: Familiarizes unknown concepts through direct experience. Examples: demonstrations, media, manipulatives, repetition, and local opportunities.

5.      Text Representation: Inviting students to extend understandings of text and apply them in a new way. Examples: Student created drawings, videos, and games.

6.      Modeling: Speaking slowly and clearly, modeling the language you want students to use, and providing samples of student work.

7.      Allow them to use their own language when appropriate.  A review of literature shows that supporting ELL students' use of their native language helps them comprehend and learn English. It develops greater brain density in areas related to language, memory, and attention (Moughamian et al, 2009; Protheroe, N., 2011).