English language learners are people first and ELLs second. Each ELL has a unique learning style which, when validated by the teacher and therefore incorporated into the lesson, enables her/him to understand what is being taught. In addition, each teacher has her/his own preferred learning style which can easily dominate instructional delivery unless the teacher makes a conscious effort to build instructional activities aimed at all of the learning styles into every aspect of a given lesson/activity.
So, how can teachers meet the needs of all students in class? This video describes each of the learning styles--LEARNING STYLES . In this article a teacher can find her/his preferred learning style(s)-- FIND YOUR STYLE Here, teachers see that there maybe a mismatch of teaching style vs. learning style which could lead to misconception of an ELL's abilities-- "THEY'RE NOT DUMB, THEY'RE DIFFERENT."
With such diverse needs all within 4 walls, teachers need to develop instructional tool kits which will meet the needs of all without watering down curriculum or leaving any behind. The next two sites offer some practical and easy to implement approaches to address this. Great sources to bookmark or hold as favorites.
INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND LEARNING STYLES
(UK) LEARNING STYLES AND TEACHING
ELL TEACHER PROS
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