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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Editor's Note: This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski. Portions of this post are excerpted from their book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activi | Literacy and the Common Core Standards

Empathy & Inclusion for ELL Students

Being an English Language Learner in the classroom can be a very overwhelming experience for students regardless of age. It’s important for educators to build an atmosphere that fosters a safe and empathetic environment for ELL students.

From the WIDA website: "WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators."

National Education Associaton(NEA)| All In! How to Advocate for English Language Learners, a 2015 Guide. This guide discusses the importance of advocating for the equal education of ELLs, and offers useful tips and strategies for doing so while respecting school and government guidelines.