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Science and math are content classrooms that pose peculiar challenges for ELLs not only because of the specific academic vocabulary but the layers of meaning required to truly excel. At the WIDA 2016 National Conference, Rita MacDonald, on behalf of WIDA, centralized her presentation not on the content of math and science but on process of establishing meaning among students in those content classrooms. Her insights came after a three-year NSF project, on which she was Lead Developer.
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Which Academic Vocabulary Word Should Students Learn in 2011?

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Academic vocabulary has been the buzzword in education lately. Experts agree that teaching academic vocabulary is crucial for students to access content, especially for our nation’s growing ESL population. The issue then isn’t whether to teach academic vocabulary – nearly all educators agree on its importance - but which words to focus on with teachers already so pressed for time.

 

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10 Things You Need to Know About Hispanic Heritage Month

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6 strategies to get parents involved with your ESL students’ education

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You may have had the familiar experience of sending out hundreds of invitations, letters, and notices, only to have a mere 6 ESL parents show up. Maybe you tried to set up a parent-teacher meeting, only to be foiled by students who "forget" to pass on the info.

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5 ways to help your ELL students perform better on state standardized tests

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It is wrong to “teach to the test,” but should we avoid helping students prepare? Of course not! Even though standardized tests are still months away, it’s never too early to help your students begin getting ready.  The earlier you prepare, the better your students will perform.

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5 Ways Dictionaries Will Improve ESL Students’ Academic Vocabulary and Test Performance

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Dictionaries are usually the first tool ESL students use to learn English and they are inexpensive. Using dictionaries properly is the most effective way to improve ESL students’ academic vocabulary and test performance. Here are 5 ways you can use dictionaries:
 

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