Current Research

Writing

Teacher Talk: Enabling ELL's to "Grab On" and Climb High

Yedlin (2004) discusses findings from a descriptive study that examines linguistic and other facilitative strategies used by an experienced and skillful ESL teacher to scaffold writing instruction in a multi-level class of ELL first-graders.

Writing Instruction for ELLs

This section of Colorín Colorado's website offers a number of tips, activities, and videos to help ELLs develop their writing skills in school and at home.

Approaches to Writing Instruction for Adolescent English Language Learners: A Discussion of Recent Research and Practice Literature in Relation to Nationwide Standards on Writing

English language learners in U.S. middle and high schools face significant challenges from state writing assessments, and data suggest that they do not fare well. This report looks at writing standards for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and identifies six major topics and themes in the standards. It also reviews research and practice literature focused on adolescents and second language learning and writing; examines key issues in writing instruction for adolescent ELLs; connects the existing knowledge base to the standards; and recommends further research to improve the ability of ELLs to meet writing standards.
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