ESL: Beginner Level
Beginner level ELL students often need intensive support
with learning the letters and sounds of the alphabet. Students
should practice saying and writing the uppercase and
lowercase letters of the alphabet nightly.
Here are some activities to make their practice more engaging:
-Have students use colored sand or glitter in a paper plate to
write letters with their fingers.
-Have students use old buttons to form letters of the alphabet.
-Glue cottonballs together to form textured letters for
students. Toothpicks and other crafts materials work great as
Here are links that have proven valuable in our classroom and
can be accessed from home:
Advanced Beginners try:
Beginner level ELL students should also practice automatic
recognition of Dolch Words. These are words students should
read quickly without sounding out. Here are a list of Dolch
sight words appropriate for beginner level ELL students.
Beginner Level Sight Words List:
a down is no will
am for it said with
are go little she
but hers look to
can help not what
Beginner level ELL students should also practice
recognizing the days of the week and the months of the year.
Days of the Week: Months of the Year:
To view more learning expectations for your ELL student, please visit: