One strategy that can be used in every content area and every level is group work (2s, 3s, or more) to build communication skills. Building opportunities into the day for students to discuss and use specific language skills in order to build:
- Speaking fluency
- Listening skills
- Asking & answering questions
- Negotiating for a purpose
- Academic language understanding in context
Math is one area that group work fits into easily. In groups, students work together to understand and solve problems encouraging not only the use of academic language but community building within the classroom. There are many different resources out there that can be used to build into Math Work Stations/Labs.
Two resources I have used that can be worked easily into Math Work Stations/Labs are: