Learning Theory – Research

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This section contains links to information on current research and classroom teaching strategies that have proven successful with English language learners.
Doing What Works
The site provides information on effective practice, research that supports the practice, examples of schools where the practice is implemented and provides examples of tools to improve practice.
Enhancing Mathematics Teaching
The Mathematics for English Language Learners (MELL) project is a comprehensive research initiative focused on creating instructional tools for K-12 educators teaching mathematics to English.
Everything ESL
The most frequently asked question of ESL professionals by mainstream teachers, administrators, and even politicians concerns how long it should take English language learners to acquire English.
Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches
Using data from 13 school districts with high concentrations of ELLs, this study examines what schools are doing during the middle school years to promote accelerated access to academic language and grade-level, standards-based instruction. This report is available as a PDF download from WestEd.
Technology in Support of Young Second Language Learners
Five background papers were commissioned for this project. They provide different, yet sometimes overlapping, perspectives on issues related to technology in support of young second language learners.
The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Jana Echevarria
Sheltered instruction is an approach for teaching content to English language learners. This paper provides an introduction to the model.
Using Technology to Help ESL/EFL Students Develop Language Skills
The article premise is that technology can be used as an effective teaching tool for English language learners. The authors discuss a variety of research illustrating how teachers can help English language learners develop their language skills through the use of technology.
Vygotsky's Developmental Theory: An Introduction
Lev Vygotsky's work revolves around the theory and practice of constructivist education. This video introduces the life, vocabulary and concepts of Lev Vygotsky.
What Are We Doing to Middle School English Learners?
This book by the California Department of Education provides a compilation of research evidence to inform instructional practices for English learners.