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English Language Learners (ELL) Guide to Success

by Mawi on February 20, 2012

As someone who had to learn English in school, I’ve always felt a special affinity for ELL students. I’ve created this 12-minute video that shares some of my best tips for ELL student success. I know that some students will not understand everything I say, and that’s okay – this video is meant as much for the educators as it is for the students. My assumption of course is that ELL students can achieve at incredibly high levels.

If you liked the video, please consider using our Super ELL Success Course with your students. Here’s a free demo of lessons 1 and 5.

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1 Betty Thompson February 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

What a GREAT video you’ve made for ELL students. It will be such an encouragement to them.
Keep up the good work. We love you and God loves you best and is USING you. Glory to His Name.
Aunt Betty
PS: Am going to send it along to some Somali friends whom I know will benefit from it. It was good to see your Mom and your sis yesterday in our CFC class.

2 April Schmidt February 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

Can’t wait to share this with my students, admin., and colleagues:-) Continually amazing Mawi.

3 Mawi February 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

Thank you Aunt Betty! And April, we are already working on writing Module 6 of 6 for the yearlong leadership you sparked! And it is looking so excellent and inspiring I can hardly take it! We shot over 15 videos for the course by the way…thanks again!

4 MK February 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm

This is a great video. It is very helpful for any Third Culture Kid (or adult) that is new to a country, trying to learn the language and the custums of the culture. You gave real and practicle ways to practice learning the language.

5 Kongit Girma February 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Mawi thanks for the production it’s a timely resource. I have share it with my contacts and colleagues.

6 Mawi February 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

You are very welcome Kongit, and thanks for sharing! I’m hoping I can help many ELL students.

7 Mary Lou Turnbull March 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Love the ELL video. What did you mean at the end when you invite people to join your blog and get an audio version for free of Of Beetles and Angels? I signed up for your blog, but I don’t see how to access the audio of the book. My ELLs would definitely benefit from being able to listen while they read OBA. Thank you.

8 Mawi March 8, 2012 at 4:24 am

Thanks Mary Lou – after you sign up for the blog, you should receive an email with a link to the audio version of Of Beetles and Angels. Please check your spam folder if you do not see the email.

9 Danae L. March 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I’m in seventh grade and that video truly inspired me. Thank you soo much! My english teacher will love it. On certain school days we have DEAR which is Drop Everything And Read for an entire class period. I’ve always loved reading and I especially love The Code!

10 Mawi March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Excellent – keep reading 1/2 hour every day and you will be amazed by where you are in just a few months. Thanks for your kind words about The Code. I hope you are hitting your Turbo Button!

11 Stephanie R. March 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Hi, I just showed this video to my ELL students and they really enjoyed it. They heard about getting the free audioversion of the book and they were excited because we are reading it class. I signed up and got the email for the gift, but when I opened the link I couldn’t find anyway to get the audiobook. Is this a user error?

12 Mawi March 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Stephanie…Can you try it on a computer at home. Sometimes schools block the sound cloud service that runs the audio book.
Say hi to your students!

13 sorina February 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hey,there, Mawi!!

I am part of a group of teachers from 18 countries of the world, we are here in the US for a Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program financed by IREX, I’ve just finished reading your book and doing some research about it ( I have to deliver a presentation about it in front of my other colleagues)..So I ran into this video and , while listening, I had some flashback memories from my school days, I come from Romania, before the collapse of communism we didn’t get the chance to learn English or even have English teachers, so I self taught English…and yes, I think everything is possible if you put some effort in it and are working constantly. So…keep up the good work and good luck with the students for whom you are an inspiration….:)

14 Bath Academy Website February 22, 2014 at 4:13 am

This post is all about the English learning course.Its very good to learn English.It will help us in each and every field of life.Thank you..

15 Franklin July 8, 2015 at 9:31 am

I have shared English Language Learners (ELL) Guide to Success on my social media
profiles. Awesome writing.

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