Speaking & Listening Skills for ELLs

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Oral language skills are an essential part of a student's language and literacy development. For some English language learners (ELLs), speaking and listening may be much easier than reading and writing.  For others, however, the challenge of speaking in front of classrooms, reading out loud, or making a presentation in front of the class can be overwhelming.

How can educators support ELLs' oral language development in the classroom for students are at different proficiency levels? These resources provide some answers and ideas, as well as recommended resources.

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Teaching Diverse Learners: Oral Language Considerations for ELLs

This overview from Brown University's Teaching Diverse Learners website provides a helpful overview of the stages of ELLs' oral language development, as well as recommended strategies for addressing specific challenges.