Scaffolding, in education, is the provision of sufficient support to promote learning when concepts and skills are being first introduced to students: a compelling task, emplates and guides, guidance on the development of cognitive and social skills...(those who are familiarized with clil, know very well what am I talking about!)
We, as teachers, can use instructional scaffolding in various contexts:
- modeling a task
- giving advice
- providing coaching
Today I like to recommend some posts, webs and articles to provide you with some ideas to do so in the English as a Second Language class (specially primary classes).
Let's go on!
Scaffolding definition and Scaffolding vs differentitation in The Glossary of Education Reform.
6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students,
by Rebecca Alder
8 strategies for Scaffolding Instruction, by Kristin Houser
5 Key Strategies for ELL Instruction by Rebecca Greene. An extremely good article about the key strategies to learn Content and Language in an integrated way. Do not miss it!
Choose the right ones with your students and you'll get the best of them!