After School and Summer Programs for ELLs

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After School and Summer Programs for ELLs

ELLs who attend these programs have "higher rates of attendance in school, have fewer discipline referrals, are more prepared for the academic rigors of school, and demonstrate increased achievement in core academic areas" (Pray).

Examples in Massachusetts:-Project ALERTA at UMASS Boston-Taunton Public Schools ELL Summer Academy

Methods/Strategies+ Project-based learning+ Field trips+ Group work+ Speaking activities+ Visuals+ Games

After School and Summer Programs for ELLs

Benefits for Students:


The Problem

> Boosts self esteem and confidence> Gives students extra practice> Additional focus on actually speaking English> Greater communication with peers> More one-on-one time with teachers

~One interesting fact about ELLs is that they only speak on average less than 90 seconds in the classroom each day. This surprising statistic can be amended through extended practice after school and in the summer where students have more time to focus on the actual speaking exercises, with pronunciation and word choice in conversation.~Additionally, these out of school programs can be utilized to expand on academic vocabulary that may not be focused on in the classroom. A focus on academic language after school is a good idea because they are already getting more social vocabulary everyday, but these words are what need more practice and what they will see in any of their classes, no matter what subject.~The good thing about these after school or summer academies is that they don’t actually account for any grades, so the students feel less pressure and more willingness to work, especially when they are with other English Language Learners. In this laid back atmosphere, students can be free to make mistakes, ask questions, and really feel like they belong, without the judgment of others.

~The problem that many teachers find is that there is never enough time for ELLs to fully grasp certain concepts or certain usage of the language, like specific academic words.~Additonally, many families of ELL students come from low economic status, but getting the resources and the help that their child needs is not as hard as it may seem when these after school and summer programs are completely FREE.


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