Remote learning has become the new normal, and educators have been racing to best serve students in distance learning environments. Among these students, English Learners are a group that will require rigorous, well supported content instruction with ample opportunities for language development so that they are not left behind. While multiple organizations have offered extensive lists of resources, educators need to consider how these resources meet the needs for English Learners by asking themselves,
“What does this resource offer that can benefit English Learners?”
The Quality Teaching for English Learners' initiative at WestEd encourages you to keep the focus on the instructional methods that teachers employ in a distance learning format rather than the specific tools and platforms.
With that in mind, here are a few suggestions on how to support your English Learners in distance learning.