- Have ELLs keep a daily journal to record their thoughts and feelings in their native language, which will maintain their writing/literacy skills.
- Provide handouts/graphic organizers with photos and charts so that ELLs can comprehend these concepts in the native language and transfer that to English comprehension.
- Plan a cultural unit/week where groups of students, headed by the ELLs, present their cultures to the whole class with visuals, food, items, etc. This will help ELLs with teamwork, trusting their peers, presentation/oral skills, English comprehension, and more! Also, the rest of the class will be exposed to different cultures, traditions, and hopefully appreciate their ELL classmates for their unique backgrounds.
- Record videos of yourself for assignment instructions or class material presentations, and send to ELLs so they can practice comprehension and maybe even use subtitles from their native language.
- Partner each ELL with a native English speaker during class to act as a peer mentor and translator (through gestures/drawings).
- Recommend movies, songs, and books in English to your ELL students, so they can practice at home. These can even be content area related.
- Create a type of dictionary of pictures and English words that ELLs can use on assignments, during class, and possibly even on tests.
- Be creative, innovative, and resourceful with technology!
Here is an interesting video of a dual language class where the teacher uses native language to fortify concepts in English vocabulary learning... (4:00 Minutes long)
- Video Credit: Dual Language Learners: Developing Literacy. From: www.teachingchannel.org