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Distance learning and English Language Learners
Teachers and students around the globe have been facing challenging times as we face the COVID-19 pandemic.
For many of our students and their families, these challenging times have turned into a crisis.
Though a vaccine might offer signs of hope, it’s going to be many months until its distribution has a substantial positive impact on our communities.
I’d like to offer a number of suggestions that educators around the world might or might not find helpful as they craft their own responses to this unique environment. Though I’ve been a British Council contributor for many years, this particular post is very different from previous ones.
It has three parts.
Part One is a PDF of slideshow I used when leading a professional development session on Distance Learning and English Language Learners (ELLs).
Download the PDF below
Part Two is a video of three of our school’s ELL students sharing responses to these four questions:
- What are teachers doing now online that you think helps you learn English and understand what they are teaching in English?
- What are teachers doing now online that you think are making it harder for you to learn English and making it harder for you to understand what they are teaching in English?
- What do teachers do in the classroom (when we are at Burbank) that helps you learn English and understand what they are teaching in English?
- What do teachers do in the classroom (when we are at Burbank) that make it harder for you to learn English and make it harder for you to understand what they are teaching in English?
Watch the video below
Part Three is comprised of links to a series of six posts that I wrote about specific elements of Distance Learning and ELLs.
- Six Ways That Newcomers Can Interact With Online Text.
- Four Ways To Support ELLs Who Were Absent From Class
- First Quarter Report on What I’m Doing in Full-Time Distance Learning & How It’s Going
- Thirteen Instructional Strategies & Web Tools To Support ELLs In Distance Learning
- Six Actions I Take To Make Small Groups Work In My Virtual Classes
- I'm Worried About My Students - Very Worried. And Here Is What I'm Planning To Do About It
I’d love to hear reactions, criticisms, and additional suggestions. We’re all in this together!
Larry Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written or edited twelve books on education, include four on teaching English Language Learners, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and has his own popular resource-sharing blog.