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Why are Academic Discussions So Important for our ELLs?

English Language Learners, ELL, academic discussion
Special Populations:
English Language Learners

Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element B: Teachers demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity, while working toward common goals as a community of learners.
    • Element C: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.

This Teaching Channel post highlights the importance of academic discussion for English Language Learners and gives five suggestions for creating an environment in which EL students are engaged and benefitting from such discussions.