Lest I miss the month of June all together, let me post a handy-dandy graphic organizer to assist students in analyzing (and hopefully internalizing) vocabulary.
I've had a crazy spring, with many courses, workshops, and illnesses; It seems like every time I turn around my kids are sick, or I am sick, or everyone is sick all together. In attempting to efficiently get work done while also caring for two sick almost-two-year-olds, I've unearthed some pragmatic tools I created to solve some of my own classroom needs. This oral response rubric is one of those. Hopefully it helps you manage oral response in your classroom as well.
Online translators tend to be the bane of an ESL teacher's existence. Students misuse them to try to take the easy route to finishing their homework (why stretch the mind to write in English when you can write a paragraph in your native language and then copy and paste into an online translator). It doesn't have to be that way, though. Here's how to start using them the right way!
I came across an intriguing article today on the relationship between quality of talk and language development in children.
Connect-Two is a strategy to promote higher order thinking and vocabulary knowledge for your students. It is a short, simple activity that works well as a quick review, a bell-ringer activity, or as an exit slip for formative assessment.
In my last post, I outlined what word sorts are and how to use them with ELL students. This post is a deeper look at using word sorts specifically to preview vocabulary and build background knowledge before a lesson. Enjoy!
What is a Word Sort?
A word sort is basically a set of words or terms printed on cards. They are fairly simple to create, and can be used in many different ways. I’ve also seen word sorts done with picture cards at lower grade levels or with newcomer students who are just beginning in their English development. How you implement this strategy will depend on your grade level, your student needs, and what you intend to accomplish with the lesson.
There is one tool that I couldn’t live without when I was teaching ELLs in the classroom - what I called my ABC Chart (click here for a downloadable pdf version). This chart is literally just a page with boxes, one letter per box. It's really such a simple tool, but what wonders it can do!