3 Things to STOP Doing with ELLs (And What to Do Instead) – Top Episode From 2022


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We all want to support our ELLs as best as possible but some of the things we are doing could actually be inhibiting their growth. As teachers, we are doing our best to figure out what our students need in order to be successful. Unfortunately, some of our efforts could be an unnecessary waste of time.

If you’re confused about what ELLs actually need and what they don’t, you’re not alone! We want to be sure that what we are doing is helping our students and stop doing anything that isn’t helping (or even hindering) their English language learning. In this episode, I am sharing why you should stop translating everything into your students’ native languages, how to stop planning for every single group, and how to effectively scaffold for our ELLs because they don’t learn the same as native speakers.

I absolutely love hearing from you! Tried something I shared and found it super helpful? Have a topic you’d like me to cover? Maybe you want to be a guest on a future episode? Send me an email and let’s chat! I can’t wait to hear from you!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • When to use a student’s native language and when to scaffold to help them learn the English language more effectively
  • How to stop planning for every single group you meet with and reuse materials
  • Why you should stop thinking English language learners learn like native speakers and 3 things you can utilize to help your ELLs


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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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  • Great three tips! From this I especially took away the message to plan smarter and to introduce scaffolds. Scaffolds can be sentence stems, word banks and visuals- easy to try one or two a week! Thank you!


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