Engaging ELL Students with Authentic Experiences and Digital Resources


Language teachers often take advantage of authentic input to enhance learning output. The use of realia allows students to see and hear the target language used properly and in context, which heightens linguistic and cultural comprehension. Curriculum Pathways offers free resources that serve as authentic materials (#authres) for English Language Learners (ELL). These resources can also be adapted to teach academic subject matter and second language skills concurrently.

ELL_ISTE2To accommodate the range of learning preferences and levels in an ELL classroom, teachers must select materials that are applicable to the lesson and of interest to the students. To customize and personalize a learning activity, TESOL suggests that teachers consider three C’s: concepts, contents, and customers.

The flexibility of our resources allows for differentiated instruction and supports a variety of assessment methods. Interactive lessons put students at the center of their own learning while visually dynamic content and ELL-friendly practices (closed-captioning, roll-over tool tips) ensure that the learner is able to understand the material and deduce meaning and purpose.

Want to learn more?

Are you attending ISTE this year in Denver? If so, swing by our poster session, Engage ELL Students with Authentic Materials and Relevant Digital Resources, on Monday, June 27 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm to learn about the following:

  • Using core subject matter to provide ELLs with discipline-specific content and second language skills concurrently.
  • Content-based instruction and relevant learning experiences that allow students to explore multiple examples, confront real-life problems and practical applications, and make connections between prior and new knowledge.
  • Creating meaningful interaction to communicate for social, intercultural, and instructional purposes.

Hope to see you there!


About Author

Mimi Stapleton

Curriculum Development Specialist

Mimi Stapleton is a curriculum development specialist with Curriculum Pathways. She creates standards-based content for Spanish language learners and ESL, drawing on her experiences in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech and her teaching assignments at both the secondary and university levels. Mimi also facilitates online professional development courses that prepare educators to integrate digital content into instruction. She is an ACTFL/CAEP program reviewer and EdCamper. You can connect with her on Twitter @MimiStapleton.

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