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Teaching English Language Learners State University of New York, Stony Brook http://www.celt.sunysb.edu/ELL/polite.php Before Reading Activity 1) Click on “Test Your Cultural Awareness- Is It Polite?” at http://www.celt.sunysb.edu/ELL/polite.php 2) Read each test item and answer “yes” or “no” to each one. As you click on an answer, an explanation of the test item will immediately appear. 3) Reflect on the information from the test item explanations. Based on those explanations, what specific instructional strategies do you think research recommends for working with English language learners? 4) With a partner discuss the strategies you think research recommends for working with English language learners. Come to consensus on the 4-6 specific instructional strategies you both believe are most potent for teaching English language learners. During Reading Activity Click on “Tips for Teaching ELL Students: Strategies for Promoting Success for the Second Language Learner Grades K-12” at <http://www.celt.sunysb.edu/ELL/tips.php> Download the article. As you read: 1. underline the strategies that you and your partner discussed. 2. put a check next to strategies that are part of your usual daily teaching practice. Post-reading Activity 1) Look back to the first subheading “Who Are They?” Read the seven questions. 2) With your partner, discuss your reaction to the questions. • Can you answer all seven questions about the English language learners in your classroom? • How could answering the questions inform your instruction and classroom interactions with English language learners? • What other questions could be asked to help staff work successfully with English language learners? 3) Ask partners to record the new questions they formulated on chart paper posted in front of the room. 4) Ask the whole group to read the new questions and discuss which ones could yield useful information to assist staff in working with English language learners. 5) In small groups or in the whole group, brainstorm schoolwide and classroom practices and/or procedures that could help staff answer relevant questions about the background and experience of English language learners in order to enhance student achievement.