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ELL Featured Articles from Colorín Colorado
Posted by: BJ Berquist ()
Date: January 30, 2009 07:39PM

ELL Featured Articles from Colorín Colorado

Strong technology skills are a must for students in today's classrooms, and English language learners are no exception. In fact, technology can open the door to success for ELLs, both in language development and in content area learning. Unfortunately, teachers are often at a loss as to how they can help their ELLs develop the technology skills they need. In 21st Century Learners: ELL Students and Technology, Kristina Robertson reviews several recent studies on ELLs and technology and offers detailed teaching strategies for using technology in the ELL classroom.

As discussed in recent reports from both NPR and the Detroit Metro Times, the number of Iraqi refugees settling in the U.S. has steadily grown since 2007, when the State Department increased the number of Iraqis who could be admitted to this country each year. Like most refugees, the Iraqis who come to the U.S. are fleeing political, social, and even religious persecution. As portrayed so vividly in the interviews included in these two reports, they often arrive with very few resources, relying on hard work and the support of their new communities to make a life for themselves. Clearly, schools have a major role to play in providing community support for these families. For further discussion of the challenges facing refugee children and their families, as well as suggestions for ways that you can help, see the Colorín Colorado article, How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom.

For more information on the experience of Iraqi students in Jordan and Syria in recent years, take a look at the Education Week 2007 series,
The Lost Years: Iraqi Students in Jordan.

The average native English speaker enters kindergarten knowing at least 5,000 words. The average ELL may know 5,000 words in his or her native language, but very few words in English. While native speakers continue to learn new words, ELLs face the double challenge of building a foundation in English proficiency and then closing the gap with native speakers. Vocabulary Development provides a discussion of effective strategies for teaching the academic vocabulary that will help ELLs begin to close that gap.

Read the entire newsletter at [weta.convio.net]

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