Distance-Learning Checklist for Educators of English Language Learners

Distance Learning Checklist for English Language Learners

North America is entering an unprecedented period of virtual learning, with most students doing some form of remote education as they enter the new school year.

This will impact all students, but particularly the 10 percent of students in the United States who are considered English language learners (ELLs). There is at least one English language learner in the majority of American high schools. 

These students and their families may require special assistance during distance learning. From letters home to parent-teacher conferences to individual learning plans (ILPs), educators must make a conscious effort to communicate in more than one language in order to achieve mutual understanding. 

Our new checklist is meant to stimulate thinking and guide schools through the process of empowering English Language Learners and their families during distance learning.

DOWNLOAD: Distance-Learning Checklist for Educators of English Language Learners

Read More

Distance Learning: 2 Ways Educators Can Add an Interpreter to a Video Call

The coronavirus epidemic has forced a sudden migration to distance learning for students across the globe.

North America is particularly diverse and its educators have been faced with a unique challenge: communicating remotely with a student (or parent) who speaks limited English. This is a significant issue, as one in five U.S. residents speaks a language other than English at home.

Accomplishing this requires school personnel to solve the technology challenge of adding an interpreter to their video conferences for online learning.

There is good news for educators who have asked in recent weeks about adding interpreters on video conferences as part of remote education. It is completely do-able!

Read More