Teaching English Language Learners in inclusion settings

Kristi Santi and David Francis outline best practices, and explain how these can also apply to children with learning disabilities

SCHOOLS FACE A CHALLENGE. How can they improve outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs), and those with disabilities, while avoiding negative impacts for others? Although the needs of individual children may differ, it is possible to design curricula and deliver teaching in ways that are sensitive to diverse learning needs and are cost-effective. In this article we focus on ELLs, but many of the key principles can be extended to other learners with special educational needs.

What we know
● Children who struggle with phonological processing will struggle to acquire literacy in any alphabetic language.
● Core reading programs can be effective in preventing reading difficulties in all students.
● Changing teaching methods and using data to inform teaching will benefit ELLs and children with learning disabilities.

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October 2013