Breaking Down Language Objectives with Guest Courtney Morgan


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Is it really necessary to write and display language objectives for our ELL students? As teachers, we already have so much on our plates, we don’t want to add anything that isn’t going to have an impact on our students. 

When it comes to language objectives, writing them in student-friendly language and making them visible for our ELL students is so important for them and has a huge impact.

With help from today’s guest, you’ll learn exactly how these objectives impact your students and see that writing language objectives doesn’t have to be complicated. 

In today’s episode, Courtney Morgan shares about language objectives and scaffolds you can use in your classroom to address those objectives as well as some tips for navigating the WIDA standards. 

She understands first-hand the overwhelm that Gen. Ed. teachers feel, and she is determined to keep things simple and easy to implement. If you’re looking for a way to boost the quality of your lessons, be sure to grab a FREE copy of Courtney’s Language and Content Objectives Quick Template here.

Courtney Morgan is an English learner specialist and teacher living near Asheville, North Carolina, where she loves having the mountains at her doorstep.

After 16 years as an elementary classroom teacher in districts large and small, Courtney shifted into her current role to focus her efforts on supporting multilingual students. Through her business, The All-Access Classroom, Courtney equips Gen. Ed. teachers to confidently make their lessons accessible to English learners.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The importance of allowing your content and language objectives to work together (plus a template you can use as a basic framework!)
  • More about the WIDA standards and why they are such a helpful tool, even if you don’t live in a WIDA state
  • How to write language objectives and how to decide which objectives to focus on
  • Tips for using the same language objective for students at different language levels
  • Why displaying the language objectives so students can see them creates more safety and gives students confidence
  • Easy-to-implement scaffolds to use for differentiating and modifying instruction for your ELLs that don’t require any prep

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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.


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