Strategies to Help English Language Learners Succeed in the Least Restrictive Environment

Elementary students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) and also receive special education services may have multicultural, multilingual and special needs that have to be addressed in the classroom. Students who are ELLs and have a learning disability (LD) may find school to be more challenging than students who are in one of these categories. Some educators may not know how to distinguish between an ELL and an ELL with learning disabilities; therefore, they will not know how to meet the students’ individual needs. The purpose of this master project is to take a closer look at why these students are being referred for special education services and what can help these students stay in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The master project will equip teachers with a handbook that is easy to use and give insight of strategies for ELLs with LDs. The handbook uses Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and ELLs strategies to create a differentiated elementary classroom. The project has 6 essential strategies and each of the strategies has an example of how to implement it with the 8 multiple intelligences. The goal of the handbook is to empower elementary teachers with strategies to use in their classrooms to better support ELLs with LDs.