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The Language Experience Approach describes a lesson, typically done with English Language Learners, in which the entire class does a common activity (playing a game, watching a video, anything), and then the teacher leads students in a process of writing about it. Those sentences can then be used for a myriad of other follow-up activities. It’s particularly useful for mixed-level classes—everyone can participate in the activity, and then students can write sentences about it that are simple or complex depending on their language proficiency.

It’s one of my favorite instructional strategies!

I’m going to share resources here divided into two sections.  The first section includes links to explanations about how to apply the strategy in the classroom.  The second includes links to different activities you can have students do, and then write about.

 

HOW TO APPLY LEA:

Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners is a piece we wrote in Edutopia.

The Language Experience Approach and Adult Learners is from CAELA.

The language experience approach is from The Victoria State Government.

Getting to the Rough Ground of Language and Literacy Learning Through the Language Experience Approach is from The Literacy Bug.

Language Experience Approach (LEA) Step by Step

 

LEA ACTIVITIES:

Google Lets You “Paint With Music”

The Best Sources Of Ideas For Simple Classroom Science Experiments

Origami & The Language Experience Approach

GREAT RESOURCES FOR CREATING & GOING ON VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Fun Videos For ELLs

The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom