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Websites that are a Great resource(s) to use for ELLs for Instruction and/or as a Teacher Resource.

  • Teachers' College Readers and Writers Workshop Project has 58 videos of classes (elem and sec) on implementation of Common Core shifts. Includes videos of implementation with ELLs. |
  • Longman dictionary and thesaurus- providing vocabulary and various additional assistance for language learners. |
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Please contact:
Ms. Jackie Bryant
Director of Teacher Opportunity Collaborative Programs
Phone: 585-389-2684
Office: G-209

This page is specifically targeted as a resource for key information and advice for teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). A survey was conducted asking veteran ESOL teachers to share their experiences, knowledge, expertise of what successful strategies and resources can be used in teaching ELLs.

Books that are Useful in Planning and Implementing Instruction for ELLs


  • "Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner" by M Dove and A Honigsfeld. Along with information about the anchor standards, the two books (K-5 & 6-12) provide a range of strategies for the standards and the rationale for each.

  • "Voices in Literature" by Mary Lou McCloskey and Lydia Stack. It is a high interest, low level book that includes a variety of genres. The authors were selected if they represented cultures and diversity.

Strategies, Techniques, Activities, or Resources that can be used to Teach Target Vocabulary, Crammer, Writing, and/or Reading


  • Reading/writing/vocabulary integrated approach Teacher reads text aloud highlighting selected critical language structures/academic vocab. Second read of sections by modeling annotation of critical points. Third read by students, annotating other sections. Students (paired or triad) explain their notes/annotations to other students and listen to partners responses.  Engages students in L, S, R, W within the context of the text with a focused structure.

  • Close Reading-For reading and writing, This technique is very beneficial to ELL's. There is detailed instruction for using this method in the Common Core modules on Engage NY website.

Differentiating Instruction of Students with Different Levels of English Proficiency in One Classroom


  • Keeping in mind that the learning target is for all students, provide scaffolds such as focus questions, sentence frames, and oral exchanges. Critical is the analysis of student performance data to determine grouping for differentiation

  • Alternate groupings are helpful so that some days the students are in homogeneous groups and other times in heterogeneous groupings.

  • peer tutoring, repetition, visuals

Useful Information for General Education Teachers to Know About Supporting ELLs


  • Students learn language and content when meaningfully engaged in regular and frequent opportunities to discuss/share ideas.

  • ELL's are required to learn content like all other students, while at the same time acquiring a new language. Please make every effort to seek the input of an ESOL teacher to assist.

  • Be flexible, listen to the students, and provide lots of opportunities



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