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New video series: Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations

Sometimes the stars align and you find yourself in the middle of a conversation that lots of people are having at once! Following our recent series on using Socratic seminars with English language learners to build oral language skills, we learned about an exciting new video series from the Teaching Channel focused on academic conversations…

Kenji

New! Stanford MOOC: Constructive Classroom Conversations

Stanford’s Understanding Language Initiative has recently launched a set of MOOCs (massive open online courses) on student-to-student academic discourse, aimed at helping teachers better understand and facilitate high-quality classroom conversations across content areas and grade levels as part of the Common Core State Standards. There are separate courses for elementary and secondary grades. Instructors include:…

Revere

Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II)

In Part I of our series on Socratic circles and English language learners (ELLs), we provided you with an explanation of what Socratic circles are, how they’re relevant in the Common Core, and some general suggestions for scaffolding Socratic circles for ELLs. This week, in Part II & Part III of our series, we’d like…

Socrates

Socratic Circles and the Common Core: An Introduction (Part I)

In this three-part series, we would like to share some strategies for fostering English language learners’ (ELLs) oral language as part of Common Core-based instruction. Our focus will be on practical strategies for including ELLs in Socratic circles. First, we’ll offer some background on Socratic circles and provide video examples. Then, we’ll describe their connection…

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A Deeper Look at an Innovative High School CCSS Lesson for ELLs

In my last post, I shared Colorin Colorado’s new multimedia project filmed with ELLs and ESL teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY. This week, I’d like to delve a little deeper into one of the high school lessons taught by ESL teacher Anne Formato. As I highlight the lesson “Instruction of Key Academic Vocabulary with High School…