Teaching Diverse Learners

The Teaching Diverse Learners (TDL) Web site, is a resource dedicated to enhancing the capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitably with English language learners (ELLs). This Web site provides access to information -- publications, educational materials, and the work of experts in the field -- that promotes high achievement for ELLs.

The term English language learner (ELL), as used here, indicates a person who is in the process of acquiring English and has a first language other than English. Other terms commonly found in the literature include language minority students, limited English proficient (LEP), English as a second language (ESL), and culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD).

Elementary Literacy - Discusses the literacy challenges that are specific to English language learners and identifies effective teaching strategies for scaffolding oral language, reading, and writing development.

Teaching & Learning Strategies - Addresses practical applications for the areas of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Sheltered English Instruction, and Language Support for Students in the Home and in School.

Assessment - Explores three separate aspects of assessment for English language learners: Initial Assessment, Ongoing Assessment, and High-Stakes Testing. Each of these areas is examined through responses to commonly asked questions and each area is supported by resources, examples, tools, and research.

Policy - Explains language and educational policies, and suggests some best practices for implementing an equal access plan at the school or district level.

Families & Communities - Provides information on a challenging area that varies across cultures by offering suggestions to foster school/family relationships, family involvement, and cultural awareness.