Students working on a writing assignment

How many five-paragraph essays do students write in their school career? A lot. How many standardized tests require an essay? Most of them. How many essays will students need to write after college? Eh, probably not that many. Essays have their function, but they’re certainly not the only academically rigorous form of writing, nor are… Read More

There are close to five million English learners in U.S. public schools, which has increased by about eight percent since 2000. Teachers must adjust their teaching styles to fit their needs, and that means they need to be armed with the tools and knowledge to do so effectively. Rachael Hoffert, EdD, who recently earned her… Read More

Elementary and secondary education in the United States provides a rich multicultural experience for those lucky enough to experience it – and understand it. For those who come into the system not yet knowing English, however, it can go either way. On the one hand, many students benefit hugely from an English-speaking milieu and quickly… Read More

How to Scaffold Lessons for English Learners in Any Class

By Sarah Knutson November 26, 2018

Being bilingual has many benefits in the long run (cultural awareness, linguistic abilities, job prospects), but English language learners (ELLs) are sometimes stuck between two worlds. In order to best serve these students, schools should seriously consider addressing their needs from a whole-school perspective. To make this approach simpler for teachers like you, here are some… Read More

There is a unique interplay between English and Spanish fluency, but how does the heritage language impact second-generation Hispanic students? Camille Schuler, EdD, explored this topic in her dissertation and took it even further, examining how the heritage language influences the way in which second-generation Hispanic adolescents integrate into their community and how they see… Read More

The STEAM movement has shed a great deal of light on the many benefits of teaching students interdisciplinary lessons and projects, but how do we make sure all of our learners are able to thrive in this innovative, multidimensional learning environment? We need a range of inclusive teaching strategies in order to meet our learners’… Read More

Your Guide to Education Lingo

By The Room 241 Team August 24, 2018

Educational terminology can be overwhelming with so many acronyms and buzzwords to remember. So we’ve created a must-know list of education lingo for your reference. 1:1: One laptop or device for each student in a class or school. For more on this, check out 8 Strategies to Manage the 21st Century Classroom. 21st-Century Skills: A… Read More

Thinking of enrolling in Concordia University-Portland’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program? This blog post is for you. For a closer look at one of the concentration courses in this program—offered 100% online—we talked to Juliana Smith, ESOL specialist and an associate professor with Concordia’s College of Education…. Read More

6 Effective Strategies to Motivate Reluctant Readers

By Kara Wyman, MEd August 8, 2017

Students who avoid reading or seem disinterested can often be reached when different strategies are used to connect with them. First we have to find out why they are reluctant to read. Then we need to tap into their interests and strengths to motivate them. Here are a few common problems reluctant readers face and… Read More

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Teaching English Abroad

By Kara Wyman, MEd June 13, 2017

Teaching English abroad can be really rewarding, which I can attest to, but it can also be really challenging. You’ve probably considered some of those challenges, but there might be others you haven’t thought of yet. Here are some questions to ask yourself before committing to this type of adventure. 1. Have you taught English… Read More

If you’ve ever struggled to speak another language in a foreign country, then you have an idea of how nerve-wracking school can be for English learners. The stress you experience creates what experts call the affective filter — an emotional response that can lock down the mental processes of learning a new language. Stephen Krashen,… Read More

It’s cliché to state the obvious, but America is a nation of immigrants. As a result, the responsibility of supporting English Language Learners will eventually fall to you. And if you aren’t officially a language instructor, there are things that you can do in the classroom to help our students adapt to their new homes…. Read More

Five Ways to Engage Parents of ELL Students

By The Room 241 Team November 1, 2013

Engaging with the parents of ELL students, also known as English Language Learners,  is vital to helping these pupils succeed. Parental involvement is the backbone of a child’s education, and this is especially true of ELL students who are challenged by language barriers. These five suggestions should smooth the process: 1. Connect with ELL students’ families… Read More

iPad Apps for English Language Learners

By The Room 241 Team August 5, 2013

As many teachers know, communicative language learning is where the rubber meets the road as far as students learning a new language is concerned. The basis of communicative language learning is that it moves beyond the simple mechanics of language and into the everyday reality of communicating in a new language. With the accessibility of… Read More

Over the next 40 years, the Pew Research Center projects that more than 80 percent of the population growth in the United States will be due to an increase in immigration. By 2050, nearly one in five Americans will be foreign-born. For today’s classroom teacher, this data confirms the new paradigm that has been shifting… Read More