How Educators Can Meet the Challenge. Have you had these thoughts? Take heart, you are not alone. As schools and districts swell with growing numbers of English language learners, and as administrators and teachers wrestle with federal guidelines for educating these students, many educators are faced with these same challenges and much more.
To meet these challenges, it is imperative for educators to learn about and use the theories and teaching strategies that will help English language learners succeed in the classroom. How Educators Can Meet the Challenge, Judie Haynes provides a practical resource to help educators who are new to the field of English as a Second Language understand the needs of English language learners. Any time you spend thinking about, planning or researching the best way to learn a new language would have been better spent actually studying and speaking the language.
How to Start Learning a New Language (Right Now. Today. Seriously).
So my advice to you is simple: Don't worry about where to start. Don't worry if the phrasebook you can afford isn't the best one. Don't worry about which of the four online courses you've found is the best. Start learning, start speaking, start reading, and you will be doing more actual language learning than any amount of thinking or planning or researching can ever give you. The question I asked you at the start of this post was: It really doesn't matter what you do, just start, and start now.
Ideas from the Field
If you don't want to start now, then you have to ask yourself, is this even something you really want? For some people, the reality is that they don't really want to speak Japanese — they just kind of like the idea of it. But if you really, really want to learn Japanese , then just start. Start doing the thing you want to do right now. Recently, I launched a new email course that guides you through the process of starting a new language project. It's been a huge success, I get thank-you emails every day, and my readers love it.
The trick appears in the very first day, when I give the starting challenge of the week. And then, when you've done that, learn to say My name is. And then learn to say Nice to meet you. It pretty much goes on like that. You literally just start. I have, after all, been doing this a long time. But you need to decide right now to become more than just a hoarder of great language hacking ideas. Put these ideas to use already! Lauren, my girlfriend, just completed her first ever language mission in Esperanto , and at the end of her challenge she wrote about the importance of using lots of different methods.
During your project, you should use lots of techniques and lots of resources, and you'll learn faster. Don't be hesitant to start any particular one. Just start something, and if it's boring, start something else. Also, if you say your goals out loud on Facebook, on your own blog, on my forums , or anywhere else, it means that there is suddenly something at stake if you don't follow through. When you announce your mission to the world, you'll feel like now you really have to start. If at all possible, surround yourself with other people who are also learning a language to keep you motivated, to steal ideas from, and who will hold you accountable for getting started and moving forward.
I have worked with the student some and he is a very smart kid and picks up on things quickly.
Being around him and observing him in class, I get the feeling that he is bored and is annoyed with the English vocabulary drills. Again, thank you for sharing,.
I love these suggestions. Same for English-speaking Muslim students, Hispanic students, Asian students…. I have been teaching for 18 years in a Hispanic neighborhood and usually only knew how to pronounce a students first name. This article has made me realize that it is a sign of respect. I never thought of it like that. I am going to make a conscious effort to know and memorize the first and last name of each student in my classroom. You have change my point of view regarding this topic. Although, my students know that it is difficult to memorize all the last names, that is no excuse.
- Paper Doll Revisited.
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- Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971 - 2001.
I know that I can do better and I will do better from now on due to your article! I really like what you are doing. Please keep sharing these ideas with teachers.
- Livresse de la passion (Harlequin Azur) (French Edition).
- Infinite Self.
- 12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom | Cult of Pedagogy.
It is essential that we share and reflect on how we approach our profession. I appreciate your hard work and look forward to hearing more of your ideas. This is so wonderful that I am going to share it with teachers in our school that works with ESL students. Thanks ever so much. It is so powerful and resourceful to especially international teachers who travels to poor countries across the ocean where resources are not easy to find. What a helpful article! My favourite tip is number twelve. Supporting opportunities for practice and social exchanges between ELL students and their same-age peers is something that I value in my practice as a Speech Language Pathologist.
My colleague in the field of special education and I plan integration activities for our ELL special education students with students in the community preschool program.
This exposes them to peer role models and group practice in activities featuring age-level vocabulary and langue concepts. I teach a self-contained, developmentally delayed preschool classroom. This article was very helpful for me because I am doing an assignment that is based on differentiated instruction and has something to do with ESL learners and what are different ways to teach them and meet there needs.
Dear ladies and gents, In Canada, I could borrow this book with ease from one of our public libraries. I would imagine that in the US, your library services would be the same. Thank you Jennifer for some great tips, quite useful as am a French language teacher, with smatterings of ESL teaching via Skype. All suggestions can be used or adapted in all forms of teaching.
Again, you produce great content that is immediately implementable! As a teacher of English learners ELs , these ideas are very appropriate practices. The two pratices that I like the most in this list are 1 and 2. I use group work to help ELs develop reading, speaking, and critical thinking skills.
The process is called Visible Reading. I model the process of deconstructing comolex texts. Then, I let students practice that skill in small pairs. Finally, we compare our ideas as a whole class to clarify misunderstandings. I worte about the process in this article http: I hope it helps your readers strategically use group work to develop reading, speaking, and thinking skills in an enagung way. All of these are excellent strategies for supporting ELLs. I have to say though, as an EAL teacher of more than 12 years, I really cringed reading this line from the introduction: From day one one students are in our schools to learn content AND language.
If we think of our students even in just the first year as being there to learn English and absorb some language as if they were auditing our class then we are doing a major disservice to them. The whole point of these strategies is to make content comprehensible so that students can access the content. Use of home language L1 becomes a huge asset here. I have been reading this blog for quite a while, so I know that it is not the feeling of the author that students should just sit in class and listen, but the wording used here was very unfortunate. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
ASCD Book: Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge
If you have links to resources that can help schools better serve newcomers, I would love for you to share them with us! Most of them drop out. Rips my heart out that my district blatantly refuses to support these students. This article is spot on. These are the very things I teach our content area teachers. I think I may just use this article as a resource for them next school year.
Hi, thank you for this post, which has been really useful for me to think about in relation to teaching ELL students! One minor thing I wanted to offer here is that El Salvador and Honduras are in what is typically considered to be Central America, and not South America.
12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Every college today has a classroom, which allows students to enhance and maintain their day to day English language learning development. Their required daily journal, will reflect those students whom are able to grow in that practice. What a fantastic article! I live and work in southern China going on 8 years now and use many of these tactics. All of my students are ELL some speak three or more languages and kind support goes a long way.
I often tell my students to use a dictionary to look up words and I have them do pre-work in their first language then, change it over to English. Most of my students speak Mandarin Chinese and there are times that I will make a fun joke or help them with vocabulary in this language. Although many people have different ideas about this, I have noticed it has helped me build strong student-teacher relationships and I am learning more and more everyday about the many cultures here.
Thank you for another great article!