Explicit Language Instruction Strategies for ELLs in Mainstream Classrooms (with Kathy Salmon)

Teaching ELLs is more than "just good teaching". This session explores practical strategies for explicit language instruction that can be embedded within the context of everyday learning experiences. Strategies for vocabulary, grammar, syntax and conventions will be explored. The use of anchor charts, graphic organizers and technology are effective teaching tools when working with ELLs. These tools can be used to demonstrate, practice and recycle the target language and forms. These strategies and tools will be demonstrated during the webinar.

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Presenter handout More than Good Teaching Explicit Language Instruction Handout.docx

About the Facilitator

Kathy Salmon

Kathy Salmon is the PD Director South for the ESL-C. Currently she is a Curriculum Manager, ESL for Alberta Education, seconded from the Calgary Board of Education. Kathy's teaching degree is an Elementary Language Major with an ESL Minor and she received her Masters of Education, TESL from the University of Calgary. Her experience includes ESL Designate K - 6, ESL Learning Leader K-9, ESL Specialist K-12 and Assistant Principal at Connaught Elementary. She recently taught Gr. 3/4 Literacy, Kindergarten Oral Language Development, and Gr. 5/6 Math, Science and Phys. Ed. Kathy was involved as a writer of the new Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. She embeds explicit language instruction into differentiated outcome based learning experiences for ELLs. She believes that understanding language acquisition helps teachers to teach ELLs more effectively in the context of the classroom.

This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.