Using Photos with English Language Learners

I am always trying to find the best strategies in working with my English Language Learners. Today I am going to share with you why you should be using photos with your English Language Learners to improve oral and written language skills.

1. Activities can connect to multiple standards and integrates well with the content areas.
2. Strengthen oral language development.

3. It is an excellent way to provide differentiation for English-language learners.

4. It relieves pressure from reluctant students or striving readers and writers by providing the opportunity to read and analyze photographs along with traditional print texts.

5. It represents a culturally responsive teaching method as it demonstrates a way to welcome all voices in the classroom to be heard and valued.

There are so many websites that you can use to find good quality images to use with your English Language Learners, here are a few of my favorites. All of these offer free photos and images:

There are so many great activities you can do with photos, they can be used as activating strategies before a lesson, or integrated with your science and social studies units. I have a great guide to using photos with English Language Learners, and it is FREE for you. Just click the pic to get your copy. It is filled with ideas, sample activities and graphic organizers:

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