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Classroom Conversation is Critical to ELL Success


By Matthew Emerson Matthew Emerson is the federal programs specialist for Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. The mantra of every English Language Learner (ELL) teacher should be to tell students to talk in class, please. The more talking the better! Encouraging students to engage in classroom conversation is absolutely critical for teaching language skills. Gone are the days of the “sage on the stage” philosophy where teachers expect students to remain quiet and focused on a lecture. When it comes to ELL classes in particular, that method simply won’t get the job done. That’s because acquiring language skills requires

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