Improving services for English Language Learners (ELLs)
There is so much to look forward to in 2014! For one, Alejandro Brice (University of Florida at St. Petersburg), Caitlin Panke (Madison Metropolitan School District), and I are collaborating to create a new website titled Training to Enhance Services for ELLs (TESELL). This project is supported by a grant from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The purpose of our project is to help our fellow SLPs transfer knowledge and train other professionals in best service practices for ELLs. We are developing and will be posting a series of training modules that SLPs and presenters may use (at no cost) when training other professionals who work with ELLs. In a nutshell, we want to create a site where we can pool and share our training resources to make it easier for SLPs who present on the topic of ELLs, thereby reducing their need to reinvent the wheel.
Current training modules under development include:
• Normal stages of stages of second language development and how bilingualism influences language, literacy, and cognitive development
• Promoting high quality teacher-child interaction and language facilitation strategies appropriate at each second language stage to promote achievement of Common Core State Standards
• Strategies to facilitate and enhance peer-interactions in the classroom
• Monitoring and evaluating children’s progress and achievement
• Providing inclusive classroom interventions/differentiated instruction to meet the needs of struggling learners
As we share the common goal of enhancing services for ELLs, we encourage and welcome you to share additional presentations and resources on the topic of ELLs on this website that would be of benefit other SLPs. Stay tuned!