Using shelfwork at linguistic levels of vocabulary, syntax and discourse to support language development amongst ELL students
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This action research examines the benefits of using shelfwork with academic language supports and documents how Montessori materials and methods support students to use academic language in their writing. English Language Learners (ELLs) often face difficulties explaining concepts and writing about their ideas in core academic classes because they lack necessary vocabulary and writing confidence. Following mini-lessons, labs, and instruction, these students gained independent practice through shelfwork, which was prepared at each Wida linguistic levels: vocabulary, syntax, and discourse. This targeted, scaffolded and independent practice supported Montessori students, who are also English Language Learners, in using academic language in their writing and in doing so supported conceptual understanding and improved written communication.