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May 25
[Issue #6] 3 Tips to Increase Oral Language Production for English Learners in Distance Learning Written by Dr. Yee Wan

As I am hearing from other educators through webinars and the English Learner Support Network, many have stated that “Oral language was crucial for English learners before, it's even more crucial now!“ How can educators create speaking opportunities for English learners in distance learning? Here are three ideas for your consideration.

Tip #1: Leverage the funds of knowledge at home: Teachers can ask students to observe something around the house or outside their home and use specific language functions to share their observations with family members. For example, students can describe, something they see, compare and contrast, or share their preference for activities and provide relevant reasons to support their choice.

Tip #2: Language scaffolds for oral language: Use songs, chants, graphic organizers, sentence frames and small groups as language scaffolds during synchronous virtual class meetings. Students will have more time for oral language practice during small group meetings.

Tip #3: Utilize tech tools: Educators can have students verbally respond to a written or video prompt on Flipgrid. Students can also give feedback on each other's videos. Adobe Spark Video is another tool for students to create videos. Also, educators can also provide the option of students leaving voice messages on Google Voice.


MTSS – EL Roadmap Tools for Online Learning created by Amber Reihman, Social Science Teacher & EL Coordinator, and Maxine Sagapolutele, English and ELD Teacher & EL Coordinator at Grossman Union High School District

Oral Language in Distance Learning webinar presented by Marna Ledesma, Katie Mlakar, and Heather Skibbins at SEAL​​


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