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Engaging English Language Learners in 21st Century Skills: Home

Developed as part of a presentation at the 2012 Annual Conference of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians

NJASL 2012 conference presentation

Multisensory Teaching Strategies

—Using supplementary materials
—Using various graphic organizers
—Using interactive grouping
 —Adapting content materials:
  • Simplification
  • Elaboration

Teaching Resources for English Learners

Pictures & other visuals




Related Literature

Hi-Lo Literature

Adapted Texts

Who are English Learners?


 Terms that refer to students:       

            Limited English Proficient (LEP)


English Learners (ELs)


Non-native English Speakers


Second Language Learners


English  Language Learners (ELLs)

Terms that refer to the acquisition of English:

English as a Second Language (ESL)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
English Language Development (ELD)

Second Language Acquisition

 —Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS)

¡Everyday or social language
¡Example words and phrases: table, minutes, What’s up?
—Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP)
¡Academic languages
¡Example words and phrases
÷New meanings: table in Science & Social Studies; minutes
÷General academic words: analyze, demonstrate, inquiry, glossary
÷Content words: atom, molecule

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