How to Modify for ELL students

When you have a beginner ELL student you may ask yourself how do I modify what I am doing for this student.  When teachers know that their new student can not handle the regular grade-level expectations due to language barriers and have tried first to accommodate these students need to modify. But these expectations are sometimes difficult to do correctly, especially if you do not have the support of a regular ELL teacher.

As teachers, we use our curriculum expectations to guide our planning and teaching.  We know what we are teaching and why we are teaching it before we begin our units.  This also needs to be done for ELL students as well.  Teachers must avoid modifying expectations after the ELL student has failed to meet regular expectations.  Teachers should use their knowledge of the students’ level of language proficiency to modify curriculum expectations at the same time as they are planning the unit.  This step however can be daunting if you don’t know how to do it or where to start.  With the assistance of some colleagues, I created this document for the teachers at my school board.  I wanted to also share the resource with you on my TPT site.  Here are some sample pages



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