The Answer to This Question Will Change How You Teach ELLs This Year


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Have you ever stopped to really think about what success looks like for your ELL students? Are you only gauging the success of your students based on if they are proficient in English or not? Defining what success looks like for your students is critical to ensuring your students experience successes and feel confident throughout their English language journey, not just when they are proficient or test out of language support services. 

Learning a new language is tiring and can be super frustrating. If we are limiting our students’ opportunities for success, they may want to give up when things get difficult. Today, we are diving into the question, “How do you define success for your ELL students?” We are looking at why it is so important to define success, how to determine milestones that can be used to mark success, why it’s crucial to have appropriate expectations, why you should set up pathways to success, and examples of milestones for these pathways.

The Equipping ELLS podcast is celebrating our one year anniversary! To celebrate, we are hosting a giveaway during the month of January. We are giving 10 lucky winners a resource of their choice from the Inspiring Young Learners store plus we are giving 5 lucky winners a grand prize of a one year membership to Equipping ELLs! Winners will be announced January 29, 2023.

How to enter:

  1. Leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts. 1 entry for every review you leave so you can review as many episodes as you’d like to earn more entries!
  2. Post on Instagram your favorite Equipping ELLs episode and tag us @equippingells
  3. Share the podcast with a friend or coworker and DM me a screenshot on Instagram @equippingells

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Why it is crucial that we define what success means for our ELL students
  • The importance of collaborating with fellow teachers when defining success
  • The difference in student levels post-pandemic and why this needs to be taken into consideration when defining success for these students
  • Why we need to be setting appropriate expectations for our students
  • What a pathway to success is and how it helps to build student confidence
  • Examples of what a pathway to success could include for different levels
  • Introducing our upcoming series, “Small Steps to Success”
  • Details about the HUGE giveaway to celebrate 1 year of the Equipping ELLs podcast


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More about Equipping ELLs:

We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.



  • This was such an informative episode. I’m a first year ESL teacher and feel overwhelmed with what to focus on with my students. They have so many different needs. I know now I can focus on small steps for success and not expect to teach them everything with the 20-30 minutes a day I have them. Thanks for a great episode!

  • Love the podcast! I’m new to teaching ELL’s and found it so helpful. I love how you talked about what the definition of success should be. Now I need to listen to all the episodes. 🙂

  • This was my first podcast and it really has me thinking! Testing is right around the corner so test prep is needed but I also need to look ahead and plan out goals for all students outside of testing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and getting my gears turning!

  • I was literally just thinking of the topic of success. Thanks for the podcast. We celebrated Friday with David that he could communicate a question and answer without using a translation device. This was huge!

  • What a timely episode as I’m writing report cards!! I love getting back to basics – what is success and how can we can get there together. Keeping their language goals in mind while planning is key!!!! Thank you!


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