Listening and Speaking

  • Share some listening strategies to help ELL students find the general meaning and main ideas of an oral message.
  • Point out the sources of information, because different people stress importance on different things.
  • Some techniques to consider are: rephrasing, repeating, and summarizing information.
  • Review the meaning of each word; model the use of each strategy for them, and then practice using these strategies during listening activities.
  • When ELL students listen to people speak, the speakers may use different tones of voice, speech rhyme, pronunciations patterns, and/or accents.
  • Speak slowly and clearly and use appropriate tones when speaking to ELL students.
  • Repeat and clarify challenging words or phrases.
  • Beginning students may be uncertain about speaking.
  • Intermediate students may speak with pauses while gathering their thoughts.
  • Advanced students may have some errors in grammar and may mispronounce some words.
  • Teachers should speak in complete sentences.
  • When ELL students speaking, respond by framing what they say in a complete sentence.


        Student: “It’s hot today.”

                 Teacher: “Yes, it is hot today.”
Adapted Every Teacher's Toolkit Closing the Achievement Gap for English Learners.