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.
115. Translanguaging in Action: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers of ELLs
Discover the transformative power of translanguaging with your English language learners!
In this episode, Beth unpacks practical strategies and provides a compelling example of how teachers can effectively integrate translanguaging to support bilingualism. From understanding what translanguaging is not to implementing purposeful techniques in lesson planning, Beth offers actionable insights tailored to educators working with diverse language learners. Learn how translanguaging enhances communication, fosters deeper understanding, and accelerates language acquisition by leveraging students' existing linguistic repertoires. Dive into Beth's classroom model and explore hands-on approaches for promoting multilingual fluency, engagement, and academic success for your ELLs.
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114. Supporting Bilingual Learners: Practical Strategies for Monolingual Educators
How can you support bilingualism in the classroom when you don't speak the native language of your students?
In Episode 114, I'm sharing practical strategies tailored for monolingual teachers like you. Dive into expert tips and insights on creating inclusive classrooms where bilingualism thrives. From embracing language diversity to encouraging language play, discover how to empower your ELLs effectively. Learn about translanguaging techniques and ways to foster parent involvement in maintaining native languages at home. Explore local cultural experiences and cultivate curiosity to enrich your teaching journey. Tune in to equip yourself with the tools and confidence to champion bilingualism in your classroom, one step at a time.
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113. Inside the Bilingual Brain: Exploring the Cognitive Superpowers of Our ELLs
Let's uncover the marvels of the bilingual brain!
In this episode we are unveiling the unique cognitive strengths and abilities that ELLs bring to the classroom. Discover the enhanced cognitive control and executive functioning embedded in bilingual brains. From code-switching mastery to analytical thinking, this episode celebrates the extraordinary superpowers that bilingual brains possess. As educators, let's champion and embrace these strengths, creating an inclusive environment where bilingualism is celebrated.
Share this episode with your students, so they can take pride in their incredible bilingual brain and be encouraged as they navigate the language learning journey!
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112. Promoting Bilingualism in the Classroom: Embracing Diversity and Cultural Richness
How do I create a classroom that fosters bilingualism?
In episode 112 of the Equipping ELLs Podcast, we dive deep into the incredible qualities bilingual students bring to education. As educators of English language learners, it's crucial to understand what our bilingual students have to offer their teachers and monolingual peers. From enhancing communication skills to promoting resilience and perseverance, our bilingual students offer invaluable perspectives that enrich our classrooms. Join us as we explore practical strategies for supporting bilingual learners and celebrating cultural diversity. Tune in now to discover how embracing bilingualism can transform your teaching experience and empower your students for success in a multicultural world.
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111. The Evolution of Bilingual Education & Insights for Teachers of ELLs Today
Teacher, do you know the fascinating history of bilingual education in the U.S.?
In this insightful episode, we are delving into the rich history of bilingual education, dating back to 1839. We explore pivotal moments, from early state laws permitting bilingual instruction to the significant shifts post-World War I and the landmarks in educational legislation. Unveiling key insights, Beth navigates the complexities of bilingual education's evolution, shedding light on its political, cultural, and educational impacts. From the challenges of transitional bilingual programs to the pursuit of nurturing bilingualism, educators will gain practical strategies and encouragement to support ELLs effectively. Tune in to gain invaluable insights into the past, present, and future of bilingual education, and leave empowered to advocate for your students and embrace the journey of linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom!
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110. Advocating for Change: Addressing the Impact of Access Testing on ELL Students with Special Guest, Mariel Norris
Teacher, are you navigating the challenges of ACCESS testing and misclassification issues with your ELLs?
Join host Beth Vaucher in this episode of Equipping ELLs as she engages in a compelling conversation with Mariel Norris, a seasoned ESL educator. Mariel shares her educational journey and discusses her impactful article, "How We Can Help Daniela," published in the Washington Monthly. Together, they unravel the challenges posed by ACCESS testing, shedding light on misclassification issues and the emotional toll it takes on our students. The episode delves into advocacy efforts in which teachers can engage, emphasizing the need for change in ESL education and testing criteria. If you're passionate about empowering multilingual learners and advocating for positive change in education, this episode provides valuable insights and inspiration!
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This first podcast about resources for ELL’s in the class room was really insightful and helpful. We really struggle finding the right things to help our students perform in the class room and on their ELPA tests!
Great for all educators!
I just listened to the latest episode “The Language Lens for Content Classrooms” and found it informative and inspiring! I plan to read the book featured in the title to help me in my instruction and also in my path to gain my ESL endorsement. The ideas seem practice and doable, which I love! I can’t wait to learn more!
Ever since I heard my first podcast I’ve been hooked. I took a 14 hour trip to Florida over the winter break and listed to all your podcasts. I listen to them in my morning commute. I live all the information shared and the resources that come with each podcast!