Breaking Down the 4 Domains of Language: WRITING

writing domain of language for ELLs


We are wrapping up our mini series breaking down the 4 domains of language. This week is all about WRITING!

A recent study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that only 27% of U.S. eighth-graders were proficient in writing. In the same year, a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics found that only 24% of high school seniors were proficient in writing.

As a teacher, specifically as a teacher of English language learners, do you find these stats alarming?

Writing can be difficult and often frustrating, even in a person’s native language.

Writing is often one of the biggest challenges for our ELL students.

Many teachers do not have time in their classroom schedule designated for writing instruction, and many are not provided explicit writing curriculum. Add to this the continually rising writing expectations (without resources to provide the necessary foundational skills). 

My hope is that this episode leaves you feeling encouraged and equipped to take your writing instruction to the next step!

Topics Discussed in this episode:
  • How writing is learned
  • How writing connects to the other language domains
  • 5 practical strategies to use in your classroom this week
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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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