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Multilevel Instruction


Adapting Materials for Multilevel Classes

This article from the Teaching English website offers some ideas of how you can support your weaker students and offer extension activities for your stronger students while using the same materials as the starting point for the class.

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Breaking News English

This website is a long-time teacher favorite, featuring readings from news stories around the world in seven different levels. Each article is written in three to four different levels, and contains up to 26 pages of printable activities and handouts. Each level of the article is also accompanied by 30+ online quizzes, as well as listening files.

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TAGS: reading, teaching materials, beginning ESL, intermediate ESL, advanced ESL

Ideas for a Multilevel Class

This article includes recommendations for multilevel teaching strategies and classroom management suggestions distilled from an experienced ESL teacher. This article is part of a National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) digest, and includes links to additional articles on the topic of multilevel instruction.

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New American Horizons: Adult ESL Teacher Training Videos

This collection of 12 teacher training videos were filmed in adult ESL classes and feature a variety of teaching strategies and activities. For teachers interested in learing more about multilevel instruction, the video "Working with a Multi-level Class" features Susan Watson of Prince William County, Virginia. She offers techniques to deal with differing levels of language ability within one class, including use of grouping strategies, differentiated materials, and a small group project.

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News in Levels: World News for Students of English

This website has articles collected from around the world available in three different levels. Each level has highlighted vocabulary words and a listening track so that readers can hear a native English speaker reading the article. Some of the Level 3 articles have news videos that accompany them.

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TAGS: reading, teaching materials, beginning ESL, intermediate ESL, advanced ESL

Newsela

This website provides several “levels” of the same newspaper articles on a wide variety of topics, along with accompanying online quizzes, that students can read and take. For a small fee, teachers can create a virtual classroom, assign articles and monitor student progress. However, students are able to access and read the articles for free.

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TAGS: reading, teaching materials, intermediate ESL, advanced ESL

Promoting Success of Multilevel ESL Classes: What Teachers and Administrators Can Do

This Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) brief, written by Julie Mathews-Aydinli and Regina Van Horne, is for teachers, teacher trainers, and program administrators who work with adult ESL learners in mulitlevel classroom settings. The brief covers challenges, instructional strategies, and recommendations for administrator support.

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TAGS: teaching strategies, classroom activities

Teaching in the Multilevel Classroom

This article, written by Melinda Roberts, a Pearson Education teacher trainer, examines the variety learner backgrounds that can contribute to a multilevel class, discusses levels of proficiency, and offers concrete instructional recommendations.

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TAGS: teaching strategies, classroom activities