Curriculum Q & A Blog, Question 27
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Question: What’s the best way to empower and engage English language learners?
The best answer to this question comes from a blog post previously written by EL Education’s Anne Vilen and Kevin Jepson. That post, which was originally published in ASCD Express, features Language Dives. Language Dives empower students to analyze, understand, and use the language of compelling sentences, which can often seem opaque to students. During a Language Dive, the teacher and students slow down for 10 to 20 minutes to have a conversation about the meaning, purpose, and structure of a compelling sentence from a complex text.
In addition to linking you to that excellent blog post, we also want to point you to a few new videos that EL Education has produced this year to support English language learners. The first is an overview of various supports offered in the curriculum, with commentary from ESL expert Rebecca Blum-Martinez. The other three videos are all about Language Dives.