- 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.