How Can Teachers Help Second Language Learners Begin to Communicate?

Summary C

One of the most difficult teaching situations is working with a student who has no or very little language in their second language. Teachers need to find ways to interact with students and get them to begin producing language. As you look over the following information, think about how teachers could engage students in learning content as part of learning the language when the students have minimal language. Consider the optimal expectations teachers might have for themselves and their students from using these ideas.

One to Three Months

Student Work: 

Teacher Work: 

Two to Six Months

Student Work: 

Teacher Work: 

Adapted with permission from:                                                                                             

Teemant, A. & Pinnegar, S. (2007). Understanding Langauge Acquisition Instructional Guide. Brigham Young University-Public School Partnership. 

Suggested Citation

(2019). How Can Teachers Help Second Language Learners Begin to Communicate?: Summary C. In , Principles of Language Acquisition. EdTech Books. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/language_acquisition/teachers_help_second_language_learners_communicate

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