Hello,Success with an English Language learner is dependent upon many things. First, it is important to understand that learning a new language is a long process and just like it is for native speakers except that they have the advantage of being born into an English speaking environment and have 5 years to learn. Many students, young and not so young, go through a silent period where they do not speak, but they are listening and developing receptive language. Celebrate what they are understanding and don't push the productive language until you see that the child is ready. Observe if the child sings routine songs with the other children. Group-speak is easier.Also, think visual. Always have a photo handy, demonstrate, and model with visuals or physically doing what you want the child to do. Remember that listening and learning is very important and shows progress just the way we celebrate the learning of a two-year-old who is not speaking. We get very excited to see their understanding grow. We need to feel the same way when we see understanding from an ELL. Monitor receptive understanding so that progress can be documented. Ask the child yes/no questions in the beginning. If the child doesn't want to respond orally, use pictures for him/her to point to signaling yes or no. When the child appears ready, ask either or questions such as "Is this yellow or green?" Read books more than once, particularly predictable books. I could write a book on this, but I hope I gave you some suggestions. Lastly, value the second language. Sing a song with the class in the child's language. It is a gift to be bilingual.