Helping unique learners
Like other populations, ELLs arrive with many diverse needs and backgrounds. Some common
cases which require special consideration are presented below.
Supporting ELLs in Kindergarten
This comprehensive, 78-page document prepared in Ontario gives a thorough overview
of the issues involved in teaching ELLs in Kindergarten.
ELLs with Learning Disabilities
This 50-minute video describes ways to distinguish between an ESL and a learning
difficulty along with strategies for dealing with ELLs with LDs.
How to Address Special Education Needs in the ELL Classroom
This short article describes things teachers must be sensitive to in identifying and
working with ELLs with special needs.
Limited prior schooling
How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education
This document gives an excellent overview of the needs of learners who have missed
years of schooling and ways to support them in the classroom.
ELLs with Special Needs: Effective Instructional Strategies
This two-page document gives an overview of issues related to the identification and
programming of ELLs with special needs.
ELLs with Special Needs
This short guide gives an introduction to the issue and a good
list of further resources. Some of it refers to adults with special needs, but some applies
to all levels.
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