Speaking & Listening Skills for ELLs
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.
- Reader's Theater: Oral Language Enrichment and Literacy Development for ELLs
- Visual Thinking Strategies for Improved Comprehension
- Increase Student Interaction with "Think-Pair-Shares" and "Circle Chats"
- Cooperative Learning Strategies
- 5 Reasons Not to Use Round Robin Reading with ELLs
- Video Series: Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations
- Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II)
- Socratic Circles and the Common Core: An Introduction (Part I)
- Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Activity Ideas for ELLs (Part III)
- Using Pair and Group Work to Develop ELLs’ Oral Language Skills
Books and Booklists
Guides and Toolkits
Research and Reports
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.