Know ELLs

Support for Teachers of English Language Learners

An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.

Latest Activity

Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Speaking and Listening Using Academic Language

Not only can speaking and listening increase our students' ability to communicate in English, speaking and listening are required academic moves in all classrooms:the Common Core has standards in the domains of speaking and listeningthe California English Language Development standards require "oral collaborative discussions," "negotiating and persuading in communicative exchanges," and "analyzing how...speakers use...language resources" to argue, explain, and more.As implementation of these…See More
17 hours ago
OWEN FRANK BOYLE is now a member of Know ELLs
17 hours ago
Debra Schneider posted a status
"Look at our latest photo uploads!"
Nov 16
Debra Schneider posted a photo
Nov 16
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

The Purposes of Language

Teachers in my district are in a project to create rigorous, standards-based English Language Arts (ELA) / English Language Development (ELD) curriculum units. One discussion that has come up is how we will incorporate academic vocabulary and articulate that vocabulary across grades. Teachers want to create a supportive network of commonly used academic language for students to hear, understand, and use.I found …See More
Nov 15
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Languages and the Way We Think

I know that the study of cognition and language can be a difficult area. It is wrong to think that any particular language allows a speaker to be "smarter" or "less intelligent" than the speakers of another language.In fact, all languages convey that which the speakers need to convey."Some 50 years ago, the renowned linguist Roman Jakobson pointed out a crucial fact about differences between languages in a pithy maxim: Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they…See More
Nov 14
Profile IconChristine Kirk and David J Anderson joined Know ELLs
Nov 4
Brandy De Alba commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Best ways to teach a few non-English speakers who are enrolled in a non-LEP class
"Tom, here is a piece from the new California ELD standards:  * The California English Language Development Standards correspond to California’s Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and, for grades 6–12, Literacy…"
Nov 3
Brandy De Alba commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Technology in the Classroom- yes, AGAIN!!!
"I am now your loyal follower. I was checking out the site. I like the idea of this site. Real teachers sharing their experiences and reviews of tech and what they have had success (an failures) within the classroom. "
Nov 3
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post How Do YOU Get to Know Your ELLs?
"I just can't get enough of Colorin Colorado! I think the biggest impact in my classroom when working with ELs are home visits. In my school district these are a thing of the past. Emails, chat forums, and messaging services seem to have taken…"
Nov 3
Brandy De Alba commented on Corina Jimenez's blog post ELD Curriculum
"Hi Corina! What core ELA do you currently use? Is there an ELD component? My school district purchased Rosetta Stone licenses for our beginning and intermediate performing English Learners. It is an on line license. Kids can log on at school or…"
Nov 3
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Fun English Games...Have you tried this site?
"I just joined the Scout Report! I noticed that the email is sent out on Fridays; just another reason to look forward to Fridays! Two sites I like to frequent with my migrant tutoring students are Starfall and PBS Kids. Both are free sites and…"
Nov 3
George P McMahon is now a member of Know ELLs
Oct 27
Corina Jimenez commented on Corina Jimenez's blog post ELD Curriculum
"She is a spanish speaking sophomore student. We have other students who speak a different language at home that would be considered EL. She is the only Non-English speaking student enrolled. Thanks"
Oct 18
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Fun English Games...Have you tried this site?

Once a week I receive a well-curated list of scientific and educational internet sites from the Scout Report, a project of the Computer Science Department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Each suggestion is linked and explained cogently.This week, the report introduced me to this site: Fun English Games. Have any of you seen or used this? The reports…See More
Oct 18
Debra Schneider commented on Corina Jimenez's blog post ELD Curriculum
"Need more info: age? grade? home language? Is this the ONLY child in the whole school that does not have English as a home language?"
Oct 18

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All
 

Blog Posts

Speaking and Listening Using Academic Language

Not only can speaking and listening increase our students' ability to communicate in English, speaking and listening are required academic moves in all classrooms:

  • the Common Core has standards in the domains of speaking and listening
  • the California English Language Development standards require "oral collaborative discussions," "negotiating and persuading in communicative exchanges," and "analyzing how...speakers use...language resources" to argue,…
Continue

Posted by Debra Schneider on November 22, 2014 at 9:00am

The Purposes of Language

Teachers in my district are in a project to create rigorous, standards-based English Language Arts (ELA) / English Language Development (ELD) curriculum units. One discussion that has come up is how we will incorporate academic vocabulary and articulate that vocabulary across grades. Teachers want to create a supportive network of commonly used academic language for students to hear, understand, and use.

I found …

Continue

Posted by Debra Schneider on November 15, 2014 at 8:00am

Languages and the Way We Think

I know that the study of cognition and language can be a difficult area. It is wrong to think that any particular language allows a speaker to be "smarter" or "less intelligent" than the speakers of another language.

In fact, all languages convey that which the speakers need to convey.

"Some 50 years ago, the renowned linguist Roman Jakobson pointed out a crucial fact about differences between languages in a pithy maxim: Languages differ essentially in what…

Continue

Posted by Debra Schneider on November 14, 2014 at 5:30am

Fun English Games...Have you tried this site?

Once a week I receive a well-curated list of scientific and educational internet sites from the Scout Report, a project of the Computer Science Department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Each suggestion is linked and explained cogently.

This week, the report introduced me to this site: Fun English Games. Have any…

Continue

Posted by Debra Schneider on October 18, 2014 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Know ELLs News

Join us in reading Drawing Upon Language and Cultural Assets. It's a media kit that motivates us to  study the assets of ELLs' languages and communities.

Events

 
 
 

ELL News

Loading… Loading feed

Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Great Valley Writing Project.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service