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Academic Vocabulary Development

WIDA Video Contest Winner

Andy Mizell plans engaging instruction that scaffolds learning for the wide range of English proficiency levels in his middle school ELL class. He begins by assessing his students and collaborating with other teachers to extend his academic language instruction across subject areas.

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Can Do Philosophy (Video)

This video provides an overview of the WIDA Can Do Philosophy – the foundational belief that every learner brings valuable contributions to everything they do.

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ENL New Arrival High School Students: Encouraging Communication in a New Language

WIDA Video Contest Winner

Mindy Lewis-Hitch develops a grade-level, standards-based unit and provides her ninth graders with clear modeling and guided practice using game-type activities for Romeo and Juliet. Mindy also demonstrates working with colleagues to help raise awareness of scaffolding lessons so all learners can be engaged.

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My Child is an ELL 1: What does it mean to be an English Language Learner?

This video explains the different kinds of language students use and need to be successful in and out of the classroom, with a focus on academic language.

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My Child is an ELL 2: How was my child identified as an English Language Learner?

This video explains how schools identify students who may need additional English language instructional support.

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My Child is an ELL 3: Will my child always be an English Language Learner?

This video explains how schools determine whether students no longer need additional support for English language instruction, focusing on proficiency levels and ACCESS for ELLs scores.

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My Child is an ELL 4: How is my child expected to use language at school?

This video explains, in more detail, the types of language that are specific to school, especially instructional and academic language, and how it's different from social language.

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My Child is an ELL 5: What are English language development standards?

This video explains the WIDA English Language Development Standards in the context of content standards and academic language.

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My Child is an ELL 6: What can I do to support my child?

This video explains to parents what they can do (asking questions, sharing background information with teachers, etc.) to help their children's English language development progress at home and at school.

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My Child is an ELL 7: What does the ACCESS score report tell me?

This video explains what the ACCESS for ELLs assessment is used for, how it measures English language proficiency levels, and how to understand the ACCESS Individual Score Report. 

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