What is Modeling?

Modeling is when a teacher shows students examples of what is expected as an end product of their work.

Modeling outcomes for English learners during a lesson assists them in two ways:

  1. It helps students visualize the teacher's desired outcomes for the lesson.
  2. A visual model gives students the ability to reproduce what the teacher has done without having the language structures that might be required for the task.

Students will better understand the step-by-step procedures required for a lesson if the teacher takes the time to model these processes for students.

In the following video, Tina models two important points for students: the process that she would like students to go through when they are working together in pairs and the target language function that she would like them to use . Notice that she shows the students how she expects them to work together before allowing them to work independently. She also models the language function that she'd like the student to perform (asking a question) so that students get a visual picture of what is required.

Good to Know! The most crucial instructional component in ALL lessons, but particularly in SDAIE lessons: the key role of the teacher is to demonstrate and model all the behaviors to be learned in the lesson, especially the verbal behaviours expected to be mastered by students, that is, the language of the content areas.