Working with English Language Learners in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Classrooms

Working with English Language Learners in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Classrooms

  • Grade range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Release date: 07-11-2017
  • Tags: ELLs, LEP, Limited English Proficiency, English Language Learners, Instructional strategies, Preview review strategy, Academic Vocabulary, Using realia, Check Understanding, English as a Second Language, Problem solving, Individualized instruction, Stay on task, English language proficiency standards, Blooms taxonomy, Instructional strategy, ELL, Higher-order thinking, Teacher modeling, Think alouds, Student-led think alouds, Case Study, Teaching concerns, CTE teachers, Engaging students, Relevant information, Reading comprehension, Improving reading, Decoding Cognates, Spanish, Vocabulary, Criminal Justice, CTE program of study, Academic Time, Closing Class, Technical language, Language comprehension, Cloze activity, Language in meaningful context, Verbalizing English, Academic Language, Personalize learning, Relevance, Process language, Cummin's quadrants, Contextual Learning, Speaking English, SQ3R+, Reading, Exams, Check for Understanding, Calling on Student, Encouraging Participation, New knowledge, Real life application, Positive reinforcement, Retention, New learning, Humor, Reinforce learning, Knowledge retention, Reiterating, End Class, Activating Prior Knowledge, Reinforce new learning, Stating class objectives, Making knowledge connections, Kinesthetic learning, Hands-on, Rigor and relevance, Academic Content, Bound or Free Morphemes, Realia, Modeling, Unfamiliar concepts, Complex Learning, Foreign concepts, Review, Questions, Providing rationale, Improved learning comprehension, Real world application, Student questions, Expand learning, Pausing, Information processing

Description

In this course you will see best practice strategies as they relate to effectively instructing English language learners in CTE classrooms. The objectives of this course are to: 

  • identify typical instruction that CTE teachers are called upon to address.
  • provide simple, easy to use strategies that all CTE teachers can incorporate into their curriculum to deal with these challenges.

Resources

Resource ID: SP061 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video introduces a repertoire of strategies for working with and instructing English Language Learners (ELLs) in Career and Technical Education classrooms. 
Resource ID: SP062 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video provides an overview of terms of the preview review strategy that helps enhance the academic vocabulary of English Language Learners (ELLs).
Resource ID: SP063 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, realia is used to check for understanding among English Language Learners. 
Resource ID: SP064 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video portrays the "Think-Aloud" strategy. The strategy allows for teachers to model problem-solving to English Language Learners (ELLs).
Resource ID: SP065 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video highlight the importance of using individualized instruction for English Language Learners. This strategy helps them stay on task.
Resource ID: SP066 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
The leveled questions strategy enables ELLs to develop higher-order thinking skills. It is important to know the stages of oral language acquisition in order to effectively use leveled questions.
Resource ID: SP067 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Student-led think alouds allow teachers to check for ELL student's understanding and promote higher-level of thinking. 
Resource ID: SP068 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the teacher demonstrates how by using case studies, English Language Learners can demonstrate critical thinking skills and express language in appropriate context.
Resource ID: SP069 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video a CTE teacher consults with an expert to express concerns and recieve strategies for working with English Language Learners.
Resource ID: SP0610 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video details how teachers can engage English Language Learner students through the entire class time. Invoking prior learning helps ELLs make connections and increases the relevance of what they are learning.
Resource ID: SP0611 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the teacher models reading comprehension strategies for English Language Learners (ELLs). Improving reading comprehension among ELLs alleviates a major concern of CTE teachers.
Resource ID: SP0612 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Spanish language speakers are not often aware of cognates in the English language. In this video the teacher demstrates decoding cognates that helps improve academic vocabulary.
Resource ID: SP0613 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Engaged academic time is critical from the start of class to the finish. In this video, the teacher uses the closure time effectively to help ELLs refocus and review new knowledge.
Resource ID: SP0614 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video introduces a CTE teacher's Criminal Justice class as a case study. Based on his needs Dr. Walichowski suggests specific strategies that can be used effectively with English Language Learners.
Resource ID: SP0615 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the advantages of using realia are stated, particularly when teaching English Language Learners unfamiliar technical concepts.
Resource ID: SP0616 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Cloze activities allows English Language Learners to respond with one word answers. In this video Dr. Walichowski describes the advantages of the  activity in helping ELLs understand English vocabulary in meaningful context.
Resource ID: SP0617 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, Dr. Walichowski details the "talk show" strategy. This helps English Language Learners verbalize and express academic language in a hands-on setting.
Resource ID: SP0618 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
English Language Learners learn better when they are able to see relevance in the content being taught. In this video Dr. Walichowski describes the "Historical and Personal Timeline" strategy.
Resource ID: SP0619 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video Dr. Walichowski emphasizes on the importance of allowing English Language Learners to process language by restating concepts.
Resource ID: SP0620 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Cummin's Quadrants are a tool that help teachers instruct a student based on where they are in terms of language acquisition and understanding. CTE teachers should use the quadrants to  bridge context with  English Language Learners' language proficiency.
Resource ID: SP0621 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video Dr. Walichowski details the Jigsaw strategy. This strategy enables English Language Learners to practice listening to, comprehending and speaking the English language.
Resource ID: SP0622 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video Dr. Walchowski describes the "Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review (SQ3R+)" method. This method helps English Language Learners prepare for exams and complete reading assignments.
Resource ID: SP0623 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
In this video, another example of using realia is demonstrated. This strategy allows teachers to check for understanding among English Language Learners, teach new concepts and elicit previously learned knowledge.
Resource ID: SP0624 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the teacher encourages participation by calling on the student. This affords English Language Learners the opportunity to practise speaking and expressing language.
Resource ID: SP0625 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the teacher uses an example of a real-life application. This strategy reinforce learning by allowing English Language Learners to personally relate to new knowledge.
Resource ID: SP0626 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the teacher uses positive reinforcement to acknowledge student's learning. This also serves to help English Language Learner students  better retain what they have learned. 
Resource ID: SP0627 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Humor is a universal language and when used in a risk-free environment such as a classroom can become teachable moments. Encouraging humor and reinforce the learning of English Language Learners.
Resource ID: SP0628 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the teacher demonstrates using simplified language which allows English Language Learners to comprehend academic language.
Resource ID: SP0629 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the teacher uses synonyms to explain technical concepts. Using this strategy enables English Language Learners to better comprehend language.
Resource ID: SP0630 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video demonstrates summarizing. Using this strategy enable teachers to reinforce English Language Learner students' learning and make connections to previous and future knowledge. 
Resource ID: SP0631 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video demonstrates the strategy of reiterating. Reiterating content helps English Language Learners retain new knowledge and reinforce learning.
Resource ID: SP0632 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
This video demonstrates how to close class. The teacher can use the end of class time to re-engage English Language learners, reinforce learning and make connections to previous knowledge gain.
Resource ID: SP0633 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Activating Prior Knowledge is important because it helps English Language Learners make connections to the new information they will be learning. 
Resource ID: SP0634 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the teacher states the class objectives - this strategy is very useful in helping English Language Learners understand context-based academic language.
Resource ID: SP0635 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
CTE teachers are in a position to make learning hands-on for English Language Learners. In this video the teacher describes an activity that allows for kinesthetic interaction with academic concepts.
Resource ID: SP0636 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the teacher use a real world example. This strategy reinforces the learning of English Language Learners by increasing the relevance of seemingly extraneous content. 
Resource ID: SP0637 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the teacher demonstrates the use of decoding using bound or free morphemes. This strategy enables English Language Learners to understand new vocabulary by breaking up a word into familiar smaller words or morphemes.
Resource ID: SP0638 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the teacher uses a physical model to demonstrate an unfamiliar academic concept to students. By seeing the realia, learning of English Language Learners better comprehend complex concepts.
Resource ID: SP0639 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
The Preview-Review strategy allows English language learners to gain prior knowledge of a new concept so that when it is introduced later the concept is less foreign.
Resource ID: SP0640 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the teacher demonstrates the use of strategic questions that elicit high-order thinking skills with English Language Learners. 
Resource ID: SP0641 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video students are provided with a rationale for the reading strategies the teacher is modeling. English Language Learners benefit from this  particularly because it helps them improve learning and reinforces relevance.
Resource ID: SP0642 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video the teacher describes a real-world application which specifically relevance and connection to future employment in academic content for English Language Learners.
Resource ID: SP0643 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the importance of encouraging and answering students' questions is demonstrated. This strategy helps expand the learning of English Language learners.
Resource ID: SP0644 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
In this video, the teacher pauses after asking a question. Sufficient pausing allows English Language Learners time to process and provide responses to questions. 
Resource ID: SP0645 Grade Range: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Author: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Rick Peterson Institutional Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Conclusion - Working with English Language Learners in CTE Classrooms