4 Easy Shifts to Make to Support ELLs in the Homeroom Classroom


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If you’re a homeroom teacher, the thought of figuring out how to support ELL students in your classroom may be completely overwhelming. I know this because I’ve been there. When I was a homeroom teacher, I didn’t support my English language learners very well. As we are working on taking small steps to make a big impact on our ELL students, I want to share four shifts that homeroom teachers can make to ensure our ELLs are being set up to thrive in our classrooms.

Most homeroom teachers want to help their ELL students be successful but don’t know where to start. I want to equip homeroom teachers with easy shifts they can make to help the English language learners in the classroom. I am sharing why it is crucial to see the ELL students in your classroom as your own students, how to use the ESL teacher as a coach, why starting with clear benchmarks and milestones is so important, and how learning new scaffolds is beneficial for all your students.

If you’d like more support in teaching the ELLs in your classroom, join the ELL Strategy Academy! In the Academy, you’ll learn 25 different scaffolds you can use in your classroom to help your students. With video tutorials and cheat sheets, you’ll have what you need to start implementing these scaffolds in your classroom!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How to shift the way you view the ELL students in your homeroom classroom from being the ESL teacher’s students to your students
  • Why you should view the ESL teacher as a coach and how to utilize their skills and knowledge to better serve your English language learners
  • The importance of starting with clear benchmarks and milestones for your students
  • How incorporating new scaffolds is beneficial not just for English language learners, but for all students


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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.



  • Thank you Beth for the reminding all four stages for ELL students.You are absolutely right we have a tendency to keep forget all the great ideas that we have just learned. I agree that general teachers usually are afraid, terrified of newcomers.They just don’t know how to approach them.On the other hands ESL teachers are not physically capable to assist the classroom teachers with their problems. The number of newcomers is growing, teachers’ shortage … these are a few examples of difficulties we are experiencing nowadays.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

  • Hi Beth…. I can’t find the WIDA I can statements simplified that you mentioned would be attached to this podcast. I’d love to share those with teachers.


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