Differentiated Instruction for ELLs: Scaffolding Techniques for All Levels with Beth Vaucher


Listen to the full episode to hear how to use scaffolding strategies with all language levels:

We discuss all the time the difficulty that students have when it comes to writing and getting their ideas out on paper. But now imagine English isn’t your first language. The challenge now becomes greater, but there’s a way to meet their needs. This is through using scaffolds with your writing. In a special episode from Beth Vaucher of the Equipping ELLs podcast, she’s sharing how to use different scaffolding strategies with all language levels.

Beth is an expert in strategies, resources, and tips for meeting the diverse needs of your English language learners. She walks you through three effective scaffolding strategies and how to take one standard and modify the scaffold to support all five language levels. While you have probably heard of these scaffolding strategies before, it’s important to build up your toolbox in order to effectively support your students in the area of writing. 

When you become an expert in these scaffolding strategies, you can start applying them in any language group you’re working with so they can start interacting with the materials. Beth does a great job at sharing the practical application of each scaffolding strategy so you can effectively use with all five language levels if they exist in your classroom and modify them to meet the needs of your students.

In this episode on scaffolding strategies, we share:
  • The three scaffolding strategies to use with all five language levels of your students 
  • Beth shares practical application of these scaffolds by using one standard with all five levels
  • Why differentiation and scaffolding is so important to student success
  • One caution to be aware of when using scaffolds with your students
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Meet Beth Vaucher:

Beth Vaucher is passionate about empowering teachers to equip the English language learners in their classrooms.  As a homeroom teacher who is ESL certified, she has been paralyzed by all the demands and lack of support, but she’s also broken through the barriers to see ELLs have tremendous success in reaching English fluency and wants to help others do the same thing. She has successfully worked with all levels of ELLs both in the US and Internationally, as well as sold a curriculum created to teach newcomers in over 70 countries worldwide.

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