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Week 5: Supporting ELLs with additional learning needs

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

       Another great week of conversations and community support. Sarah asked about supporting ELLs who may have additional learning difficulties.


It was wonderful to hear all of the different ways such students are being supported. We linked to


Thank you to all those who took part in this conversation. More ideas are still welcome.


Heather asked about templates for mid and end of year reporting and Athlyn kindly shared the report she uses. You definitely get the virtual chocolate fish this week Athlyn!


There is more information on reporting to parents on this ESOL Online page - click on the drop down Reporting to Parents. It includes a link to the ELLP diagram and explanation for parents.


The majority of schools now use online reports. I’d be interested to hear if and how schools incorporate reporting against ELLP and online systems.


Unanswered question - Jess Kakoi is looking for Hindi resources to support her students. Do you have any suggestions?


On other communities


On Literacy Online Sue Bridges shared the following


Thinking about language acquisition can be fascinating, especially when we consider the ways in which even very young learners absorb and use language rules without overtly focussing on them. Authentic contexts, purposeful discussions and engaging examples are very much in mind when we educators design rich language experiences for our learners as they acquire such skills. Some aspects of what we learn without realising it, can surprise us, though - as noted in this article by author Mark Forsyth, whose book The Elements of Eloquence contains an insightful paragraph about word order. Your students (and you) might have some fun trying out his rule in their own reading and writing, and seeing what happens if they try to 'break' it.


Do find time to read the article - it’s great!


On Primary ESOL Online Janet posted that “We all need to be advocates/leaders for ELLS in our Communities of Learning and beyond.and discussed the importance of ensuring that in our schools to consider the needs of ELLs.


Janet asked How do we successfully make our voices on the needs of ELLS heard?


On Secondary Literacy Online Alana asked What topics really engage our students?


English Online shared a link to logical fallacies in arguments that might be useful with EAP classes.


Have a great week.


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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