Supporting English Language Learners with SEL

According to the study “Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition”, high anxiety and low self-confidence can cause an English learner to make it extremely difficult to acquire another language. However, social and emotional learning (SEL) is effective in supporting ELL students. Integrating (SEL) with academic learning has several benefits, including fewer instances of bullying and higher graduation rates.

An English Language Learner (ELL) is a student who uses another language in addition to, or other than, English. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are roughly 4.6 million (9.4 percent) ELL students in U.S. schools. Spanish is the most common native language (77 percent), followed by Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

In 2015, the percentage of public school students who were ELL’s was 10.0 percent or more in eight states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington). Although most ELL’s are born in the United States, many of them have difficulties speaking, listening, reading or writing in English.

Many ELL’s are abruptly dropped into a new culture and they may be dealing with the trauma of leaving their countries or being separated from family. This can cause anxiety, stress, cultural differences and the complexities of learning classroom content, cause ELL’s to be behind their peers in academic achievement.

In addition, SEL helps ELL establish strong and positive relationships with teachers and peers, gives them a sense of belonging, promotes collaborative work, clear communication, and conflict resolution. Eldventir SEL platform is an integral program that develops socioemotional skills in elementary and middle aged students. The digital platform is available in two languages: English and Spanish for the purpose of developing relevant skills for all students, such as English Language Learners ELL’s.

With Eldventir, ELL’s develop prosocial behaviors and attitudes that lead to positive relationships and a healthy climate in and outside the classroom. Trough funny and gamified activities, students learn and put in practice relevant competencies such as empathy, responsible decision making, anger management, and positive relationships.

For further information about SEL learning along with tips for developing social-emotional skills at your school, visit Eldventir Adventures , or contact to run a free pilot within your community.


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