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Teaching ELLs English and Science at the Same Time

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In "Finding the Language to Teach Science," an article posted yesterday at edweek.org, my colleague Sean Cavanagh has done a great job of showing us how teachers can teach English while also teaching academic content. In this case, the content is science.

As I travel around the country, I find that more schools are trying to figure out how to weave English instruction into content instruction. But I also still see a lot of students being taught isolated vocabulary in English-as-a-second-language classes that are separated from core-content classes.

Teaching academic content to ELLs who are in middle school is the focus of a conference to be held by CREATE in Minneapolis, Minn., next week. (CREATE stands for the National Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners.) I cannot attend, but if any of you do, I'd be interested in hearing about what you learn.

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It is important that this happen at any level. I just wish native language instruction was included too. It is important that English instruction be included in the most relevant situations possible. It should not be relegated to an isolated class.

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