Erica Hilliker, an English Language Learner teacher at Central Middle School and Northern Hills Middle School, was recently recognized for having one of the top online community blogs with the Teaching Channel. In a recent blog, she writes about the challenge English Language Learners face if they want to catch up to their native English-speaking classmates. She explains how she helps students with unfamiliar vocabulary and the importance of using visuals to help engage students and help students recall and remember words and their meaning. She also details the importance of how students learn new words, and the importance of using an appropriate dictionary that contains simple, clear definitions specially written for kindergarten through 12-grade students. To read more about strategies she uses with her students, visit the Teaching Channel online, www.teachingchannel.org.
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