Teachers plan meaningful lessons that promote language
learning and help students develop learning strategies and critical thinking skills. These lessons
evolve from the learning objectives.
Some Practices for Principle 3:
Teachers engage learners in the use and practice of
Teachers prepare lessons with clear outcomes and convey them
to their students.
Teachers can guide students to a lesson’s essential language learning and content more efficiently
if teachers and students are both aware of the important outcomes of the learning experience.
Specificity and communication are key. It is useful for all teachers
to have language and content objectives in each lesson. Learning strategy objectives are also
We know that language use grows through interaction. In too many classrooms, students are
silent, sitting quietly while the teacher talks. These classrooms are not effective learning environments
for English learners. It is by speaking, listening, reading, and writing
in a new language that achievement gains are made.