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Academic Conversations with ELLS Video Series

Watching students engage in academic conversations can seem mystifying: how did the students get to the point where they could independently hold these types of conversations? By hearing the teachers break down their structures and routines, the process becomes much more understandable. 

This 7-part video series developed by the Teaching Channel showcases five tips for engaging students in academic conversations. While the videos were developed for K-12 teachers, the demonstrated techniques and tips easily transfer to a intermediate or advanced adult ESL setting.

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TAGS: teaching strategies, classroom activities, rigor, standards, video, academic conversations

Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations

This 3-part article series from the Tcher's Voice blog outlines the importance of academic conversations for ELL learners and provides several guiding principles for teachers who would like to integrate academic conversations into their regular classroom activity. While the articles were written for K-12 teachers, the practices and strategies discussed throughout the articles easily transfer to a intermediate or advanced adult ESL setting.

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Facilitating Adult Learner Interactions to Build Listening and Speaking Skills

This Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) brief was written for teachers who are interested in learning about the positive effects of classroom interaction on language learning. It describes techniques to promote successful language learning interactions in the adult education classroom, and provides examples of activities. Finally, it discusses special considerations for using learner interaction activities in classes with beginning-level learners.

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TAGS: research, teaching strategies, classroom activities, communicative

Five Activities to Promote Interaction and Communication

Communicative activities provide opportunities for learners to use the language with one another and with people in the community. This packet contains in-depth descriptions of five communicative activities that can be used with literacy- and beginning-level learners through advanced level learners.

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TAGS: classroom activities, teaching resources, communicative, article