6 episodes

Equipping ELLs is a podcast for ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Each week you’ll hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents. Your host, Beth Vaucher, is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Learn more at www.inspiringyounglearners.com.

Equipping ELLs Beth Vaucher

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Equipping ELLs is a podcast for ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Each week you’ll hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents. Your host, Beth Vaucher, is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Learn more at www.inspiringyounglearners.com.

    5. 3 Things to STOP Doing With ELLs (and What to do Instead)

    5. 3 Things to STOP Doing With ELLs (and What to do Instead)

    Whether you are an ESL teacher or homeroom teacher, you’re juggling a lot of things and are doing your best to support your ELL students. Sometimes the lines can get blurry when it comes to exactly what that support should look like.

    Specifically, there seems to be a lot of confusion around what ELLs need and what is not really that beneficial to them. Some of your go-to strategies, even with the best of intentions, could actually be hindering their English language journey. For example, if you’re working with newcomers, you might immediately think that you have to translate everything into their native language. In reality, that’s not the case. While there are exceptions to this, we want students to be immersed in the language of their classroom.

    If you’re feeling unsure as to what you should or should not be doing with your ELLs, I’m going to help clear things up. I’ll share 3 things to stop doing to support your English Language Learners, as well as what to do instead. These strategies will help your newcomers acclimate to life in your classroom, save you planning time, and increase student engagement.

    In honor of this brand new podcast, I’m celebrating with a giveaway of five $25 TPT gift cards! Plus one grand prize winner will receive my course, ELL Strategy Academy, a one year subscription to my membership, Equipping ELLs, and a $50 TPT gift card!

    Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

    Follow, rate, and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Screenshot your review and send it to me on Instagram @inspiringyounglearners. BONUS ENTRY: Screenshot your favorite launch episode, add it to your Instagram stories, and tag me.

    Check out the show notes for more resources from this episode: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/3-things-to-stop-doing-with-ells/


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    • 17 min
    4. Advocating for Multilingual Learners with Brooke Boutwell

    4. Advocating for Multilingual Learners with Brooke Boutwell

    We live in a monolingual society, and, unfortunately, the belief that English is the superior language is what most of our federal and state laws were founded on and still support. Today’s guest combines her love of learning about language and cultures with a passion for the law, and she is on a mission to make education more equitable for our ELL students.

    Brooke Boutwell has firsthand experience as a multilingual learner. She knows what it’s like to live in a foreign country as a student without any academic support or accommodations and how much that can impact a student’s confidence and self-esteem. Brooke is dedicated to helping teachers support their ELL students in the classroom so they can be successful and receive the education they deserve.

    In this episode, Brooke shares how her own experiences as a multilingual learner shaped her career as an educator. She also shares helpful tips and strategies any teacher can use to create a supportive learning environment for their ELL students. When we teach with our ELLs in mind, all of our students succeed.

    In honor of this brand new podcast, I’m celebrating with a giveaway of five $25 TPT gift cards! Plus one grand prize winner will receive my course, ELL Strategy Academy, a one year subscription to my membership, Equipping ELLs, and a $50 TPT gift card!

    Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

    Follow, rate, and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Screenshot your review and send it to me on Instagram @inspiringyounglearners. BONUS ENTRY: Screenshot your favorite launch episode, add it to your Instagram stories, and tag me.

    Check out the show notes for more resources: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/advocating-for-multilingual-learners/


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    • 36 min
    3. How to Set Up Your Classroom to Welcome Newcomers

    3. How to Set Up Your Classroom to Welcome Newcomers

    Does getting a newcomer to your classroom cause you to feel stressed and overwhelmed? Having new students join the classroom can be extremely overwhelming to both teachers and students, especially when those students are also new to the language. It can be easy to focus on what newcomers need to learn. However, we have to build trust before students will learn the language.

    When you spend time preparing for a newcomer’s arrival, you will ensure they will feel supported and loved the moment they join your classroom. This will reduce the stress and anxiety your newcomers feel.

    In this episode, I share easy ways that you can make sure your students feel comfortable on their very first day in your classroom so they’ll be excited about coming back to school. I also give you tips for building a strong foundation of trust during the first few weeks of school so your newcomers will feel more confident in the classroom.

    In honor of this brand new podcast, I’m celebrating with a giveaway of five $25 TPT gift cards! Plus one grand prize winner will receive my course, ELL Strategy Academy, a one year subscription to my membership, Equipping ELLs, and a $50 TPT gift card!

    Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

    Follow, rate, and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Screenshot your review and send it to me on Instagram @inspiringyounglearners. BONUS ENTRY: Screenshot your favorite launch episode, add it to your Instagram stories, and tag me.

    Check out the show notes for more resources: inspiringyounglearners.com/welcome-newcomers/


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    • 18 min
    2. A 3 Step Framework for Supporting ELLs

    2. A 3 Step Framework for Supporting ELLs

    Have you ever stopped to think about how scary it is to learn a language? If you’ve ever visited a foreign country or traveled abroad, you may have experienced how awkward and embarrassing it can feel to make a mistake or not know how to communicate in another language. Our ELL students experience this all the time at school.

    It can be overwhelming for our students to feel constant anxiety and fear around what we may consider simple classroom activities. On top of that, many teachers experience overwhelm and anxiety when it comes to supporting ELL students in the classroom. We want to do our best, but statistics show that we are not receiving adequate training to effectively support some of our most vulnerable students.

    In today’s episode, I’m sharing my 3-Step Framework that makes it easier to support your ELL students. By incorporating all 3 steps, you and your ELLs will experience less anxiety and overwhelm and more success and confidence.

    In honor of this brand new podcast, I’m celebrating with a giveaway of five $25 TPT gift cards! Plus one grand prize winner will receive my course, ELL Strategy Academy, a one year subscription to my membership, Equipping ELLs, and a $50 TPT gift card!

    Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

    Follow, rate, and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Screenshot your review and send it to me on Instagram @inspiringyounglearners. BONUS ENTRY: Screenshot your favorite launch episode, add it to your Instagram stories, and tag me.

    Check out the show notes for more resources: inspiringyounglearners.com/3-step-framework-for-supporting-ells/


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    • 19 min
    1. The 1 Reason Your ELLs Aren’t Making Growth and How to Change That Now

    1. The 1 Reason Your ELLs Aren’t Making Growth and How to Change That Now

    Do you ever wonder if you are doing what’s best for your ELL students? You’re not alone. Many teachers feel lost when it comes to the complexities of teaching ELLs. They doubt that what they’re doing is really working, so they constantly change materials and plans, leading to overwhelm and stress.

    What is the biggest factor that is preventing you from helping your ELLs have greater success? In today’s episode, I’m giving you 3 mindset shifts that will have a huge impact on the success of your ELL students. I believe these mindset shifts will have a greater impact than smaller class sizes, more support, or more training. They will give you a new level of confidence and empower you to equip your English language learners so they have what they need to thrive today, tomorrow, and for life.

    In honor of this brand new podcast, I’m celebrating with a giveaway of five $25 TPT gift cards! Plus one grand prize winner will receive my course, ELL Strategy Academy, a one year subscription to my membership, Equipping ELLs, and a $50 TPT gift card!

    Here’s how to enter the giveaway:


    Follow, rate, and write a review on Apple Podcasts.
    Screenshot your review and send it to me on Instagram @inspiringyounglearners.
    BONUS ENTRY: Screenshot your favorite launch episode, add it to your Instagram stories, and tag me.

    Check out the show notes for more resources: inspiringyounglearners.com/the-one-reason-your-ells-arent-making-growth/


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    • 15 min
    Welcome to Equipping ELLs!

    Welcome to Equipping ELLs!

    Welcome to Equipping ELLs! This podcast will empower you to equip your English Language Learners with the important skills they need to thrive in your classroom and beyond. Whether you teach kindergarten or twelfth grade ELLs, you'll hear practical strategies that you can walk away with and make your own. 

    In addition to this podcast, you can find more done-for-you resources at inspiringyounglearners.com. If you are looking for a community of like-minded educators, come join our Facebook group: Inspiring Young Learners Engage, where you can ask questions, feel encouraged, and connect with other passionate educators from around the world.

    Follow Beth on Instagram @inspiringyounglearners.


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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

EL Teacher 1-4 ,

Episode 5

Being a first time ELL teacher, I am so thankful that Beth is always there with ways to make teaching ELs less overwhelming. Listening to her podcasts helps to put things into perspective and reevaluate what I am doing in the classroom. She is so knowledgeable and always willing to help. Thanks Beth!

ESL teacher Lynda ,

So Helpful

This podcast has really been a lifesaver. The other ESL teacher in my school and I are brand new to the position and we have listened to all episodes so far of the podcast and took notes. (Yes we are those types of people! Lol). We recently had a newcomer to the school and did things she mentioned like pronouncing his name correctly and having books in his native language, which I could tell he appreciated.
We have used numerous TPT resources from Beth and have been asking our admin for an Equipping ELLs subscription. Beth is a wealth of knowledge we are so fortunate to have found! I’m so glad you have added this podcast as another resource.

Melissa-ESL Teacher ,

Equipping ELLs

I am the only K-6 ESL teacher in my district. This is very challenging as a first year ESL teacher because I don’t have anyone to go to when I have questions. This podcast is great! I have been translating a lot of materials for my newcomer who moved to the US in October. The flowchart showed me when it is appropriate to translate and when it isn’t.

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