• Students may have trouble understanding spoken words.
  • Students need help understanding how to follow directions.
  • Students need help in learning to listen and take notes.



  • Educate ELL students on difference sounds in words as they listen.
  • Encourage ELL students to ask questions if they do not understand the words being spoken.
  • Demonstrate how to follow directions with help and practice.
  • Show how to take notes using a specific way.  

Content-area Objectives

Learning Strategies

Language Arts: differentiate sounds in words

Make an audio recording and listen

Mathematics: monitor how you listen in math class

Use listening skills log

Science: follow directions for science class

Listen for specific details

Social Studies 1: listen and take notes on social studies topics

Use Cornell Notes format





Distinguish sounds

Hearing the differences between letter sounds in words

Though/thought, far/fare, red, led

Monitor understanding

Listening carefully to people and make sure you understand what they say

When listening to others, ask questions such as the following: Do I understand what this person is saying? Do I know what that word means?

Listening skills log

Written record to assist you keeping track of your listening experiences and skills

This can help you track what you learn through listening along with what was hard to understand. Thus you may begin to realize a listening pattern.

Take notes

Writing down information and ideas that are important as you listen or read

Notes can be in several forms such as: words, phrases, sentences, or pictures. Notes can be used to ask questions about something you may not be clear or remember what you’ve heard.

Cornell Notes

A certain way of writing and organizing notes.

This format helps you take notes from a reading or a lecture, identify main ideas and details, and summarize what you learn.


 Adapted Every Teacher's Toolkit Closing the Achievement Gap for English Learners.