Ohio-Specific Guidelines for ELLs

The Ohio Department of Education has provided a web-based guide to Teaching English Language Learners at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Limited-English-Proficiency/ELL-Guidelines. This website is probably the ideal starting point for practitioners in Ohio who are new to working with ELLs, as it is easy-to-read and includes a lot of great information, including:

  • Identification of ELLs
  • Stages of language acquisition
  • Types of language – BICS and CALP
  • Basic Strategies
  • and other tips and information

This post also includes links on the site to:


ColorínColorado also has a list of Ohio Resources available from its page, as well as the other 49 states. Honestly, I can’t recommend ColorínColorado enough as a starting point, it is very well-developed and has a ton of resources.



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