Create a Welcoming Classroom

An important first step in helping English language learners succeed is building their confidence and comfort level by making them feel welcome in the classroom and building positive relationships with students. We recommend getting started by reading our popular article How to Create a Welcoming Classroom Environment and this related blog post by ELL expert Judie Haynes on the TESOL website.

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One of the most important steps to building a positive relationship with ELLs is to learn to pronounce students' and families' names correctly. It is also critical to make sure that students' names are spelled correctly when entered in school databases. We have some strategies and tools for learning new names below, as well as tips on how to ensure that student names are written and spelled correctly.

Getting Students' Names Right

One of the most important steps that teachers can take to help their English language learners (ELLs) succeed is also one of the most basic: getting to know their students. Even students at the beginning stages of learning English can share information about their families and experiences. Learn how to get started from the ideas in these resources.

Getting to Know Your Students

English language learners can face a number of difficult situations at a young age, such as moving to a new country, trying to fit into a new school, and learning a different language.  ELLs may also have responsibilites in their families for younger siblings, for contributing to the family by working, or for translating for their parents. In addition, special populations may face traumatic experiences.  These resources provide guidance on how to help address some of these needs and considerations for students of different ages.

Social & Emotional Support for ELLs and Immigrant Students

What do students have to say about their experiences and hopes for the future?  Get a first-hand look from these essays and videos.

Student Voices

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