Teaching English as a Second Language


Language Acquisition Strategies/Accommodations/Modifications for ELL Learners

Reduce response materials for content area testing

Provide a version of the test with simplified language

Choose key and/or main ideas for assessment

Simplify directions

Read test questions aloud

Supply word banks for tests

Provide matching activities

Extend time to complete the tests

Use peer interpreters

Allow the student to respond orally rather than in written form

Double grading students: One grade for content ( correct responses) and one for structure (grammatical correctness) particularly for narratives and essays in all content areas.

Use portfolios to authentically assess student progress

Impart information through oral, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning modalities

Use graphic organizers such as flow charts, webs, Venn diagrams, maps and charts

Provide concrete examples of vocabulary words through the use of visuals, such as flash cards, games, and puzzles.

Link content to the students’ previous knowledge

Adapt text so that the concepts are paraphrased in easier English. Eliminate non-essential details.

Simplify vocabulary and sentence structure. Pre-teach vocabulary in context.

Provide follow-up activities that reinforce vocabulary and concepts.

Student to work in small groups or pairs so that language and concepts are reinforced.

Adjust homework assignment to your ELLs’ English language proficiency.

Modify assessment so that your ELLs have an opportunity to show what they have learned.

Access to computerized reading tutorial programs in order to facilitate English language reading skills