Helping English-language learners understand classroom materials tied to the Common Core State Standards as well as their peers who are native English-language speakers is challenging but possible, first-grade teacher and former English-language learner Jane Fung writes in this blog post. Fung writes that a low-stress environment works best for students and offers suggestions for supporting ELLs, such as creating opportunities for students to speak English while doing activities and giving students more time to respond to questions.

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