Peer Learning and ELLs

Source: Colorin Colorado

Classmates are a valuable resource in helping English language learners succeed, whether by showing students around the school on their first day or serving as a buddy in the clasroom. Peers can help build student confidence and also act as language models, giving ELLs a chance to practice their new language skills in a low-stress setting.

Conversely, students who do not feel welcome or encouraged by peers are less likely to take risks and will feel less comfortable in the classroom. Find ideas for classroom activities as well as ways to help build relationships among students of different backgrounds.

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