Five Keys to Using Tech With English Learners
With the right mix tech tools and teacher direction, English Language Learners can unlock a world of possibility when it comes to learning.
Integrated technology can assist ELLs in establishing a foundation for learning a second language when used appropriately in classrooms. The technology isn’t just another activity in a series of lessons; thoughtful technology can drive learning and carry students to successful language mastery.
The tech keys that unlock the door these learners include:
- Simple instruction.
Learning a new language, a new culture, and the grade level content at the same time can be overwhelming. Imagine feeling like you’re drowning in a new language, but you have no way to ask for support.
- Vocabulary tools that engage.
Ells learn new vocabulary from explicit instructions, and many promising tech tools exist to help teachers provide vocabulary instruction that engages students in the learning process.
- Videos that showcase authentic English conversations.
Video immerses ELL students into a world rich with language. Students learn not just vocabulary, but also the nuances of language and culture norms when having conversations.
- Interactive language lessons.
ELL students require plenty of opportunities to practice their reading, writing, and speaking skills. It can be difficult for a teacher to accommodate the needs of every child in the ELL classroom, but technology can help students with their practice. For example, students can work on reading fluency with the use of computer programs that measure prosody and comprehension.
Focus the camera lens of your phone or tablet on printed text, and Google Translate will scan it and provide a translation. ELL learners don’t have to wait for a translator. They become independent learners because they can get the information they need.
Stay on top of current tech trends for ELLs and incorporate engaging edtech tools to supplement your instruction. Using the right resources will have your students learning language and content.
Get started with some of these favorites or students and teachers:
- Augmented Reality Books – Students can explore the setting and see the book’s plot unfold in person; AR books help students who may have difficulty visualizing what they are reading.
- Class Dojo – Provide positive behavior support, showcase student work and involve parents with this app, which works on almost any device.
- ESL Games – Kids learn best through play. They are often less self-conscious, and the activity itself is more memorable. Even simple gaming sites can provide immense benefit for ESL learners.
Help your ELL students succeed quickly by incorporating the five keys to using technology in your classroom.