Resource: Tips for Welcoming ELLs

By Mary Ann Zehr — August 10, 2009 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

As teachers think about returning to the their classrooms for another school year, they may want to consider whether they are providing a welcoming environment for English-language learners. Scholastic and Colorin colorado each have practical ideas for how to help ELLs feel comfortable in the classroom. (Hat tip to

Among the tips for teachers are to learn students’ names (it can take concentration to learn some ELLs’ names if they are from a culture different from one’s own), create classroom library collections in students’ native languages, and post a visual daily schedule.

The tip sheets aren’t new, but they haven’t gone out of date.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.