Background knowledge: How ELL programs can activate it
from By Erick Herrmann
There are many techniques teachers currently use to both activate students' prior knowledge and actively build background knowledge with students. Teachers are likely familiar with the K-W-L chart; but this technique is not always employed in a way that benefits students. Other techniques we will explore include direct and indirect experiences, using the students' native language, incorporating in nonlinguistic representation and utilizing small, flexible group instruction.
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