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Reaching Today's ESL Students

Some tips for success.

• Have regular classroom teachers collaborate with ESL counterparts to create lessons that help ESL students master the learning required by state standards.

• Focus in the classroom on project-based learning and small-group projects that call for the development of English language in areas from science to social studies.

• Provide aides in ESL classrooms who speak the most frequently occurring native languages of students in the district.

• Encourage regular classroom teachers—especially at the elementary level— to get certified in ESL as well.

• Use after-school activities, from yoga to art classes, to develop language and conversation in ESL students.

• Reach out to the parents of ESL students: offer after-school instruction in English for parents; host open-school nights with translators in the most commonly spoken languages; and send correspondence and report cards home in those languages.