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by satter06
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:35 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Portfolios
Replies: 0
Views: 1980

Portfolios

In my school the students compile portfolios of their written work throughout the year. I think this is a great way for students to demonstrate their effort and progression throughout the year. Some of the writing is what the teacher puts in and then the student chooses what else they want to add. A...
by satter06
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: ELLs and Standardized Tests
Replies: 2
Views: 2911

How were you able to handle this situation afterward? I have not experienced standardized testing with ELL students yet but I feel for that student since it is clear that she has the ability but not the means to demonstrate them properly. As an ELL teacher what are ways of helping student such as yo...
by satter06
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Peer Assessment
Replies: 1
Views: 2706

I believe that peer assessment is important for the students to be apart of. Students always want to feel accepted by their peers and want their feedback so if done in an organized way, students can benefit from peer and self assessment. Also research has shown that peer and self assessment allows f...
by satter06
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: Literature
Topic: Literacy TA
Replies: 0
Views: 2278

Literacy TA

This is not an ESL text but I think a Literacy TA workbook can be very useful in helping ELLs with reading comprehension on nonfictional texts. There are many genres of written language that students will have to comprehend. With nonfiction articles, students may struggle because there can be so man...
by satter06
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Six Word Memoirs
Replies: 0
Views: 1513

Six Word Memoirs

Writing and speaking are two of the four essential skills that students need in order to master English. Like any skill, students in a classroom can be at varying levels. A great project which can be adapted very easily for all levels is Six Word Memoirs. Smith Magazine asked teenagers to submit a m...
by satter06
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Activities to build listening skills?
Replies: 10
Views: 7477

Listening is definitely a key component of language learning because without developing strong listening skills, students will struggle with other skills. Processing spoken information and conversation becomes difficult and slowed down. Also listening skills allow students to experience who English ...
by satter06
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Collaborating with other teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 2242

Collaborating with other teachers

Every teacher wants to help their students but it seems that some draw the line when it comes to students that have more barriers to their learning than others. Others may want to help ELLs in their class but don't know how to go about doing that. As ESL teachers part of the job is to collaborate wi...
by satter06
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Technology in the Classroom
Replies: 10
Views: 6156

Play Video Clips or Use Music

A smartboard is really a great tool to use since it is easy to engage students in activities with it. I like to show small youtube clips on it that tie into the lesson as an effective way to grab their attention. If you don't have access to a smartboard there are still things that you can do with te...
by satter06
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Teaching ESL Learners
Replies: 2
Views: 1703

Great Advice

Thanks so much. I have been teaching in a typical English classroom setting and have taught in many of the various ways that you outlined. However, in my transition to teaching ESL soon, I am unsure how to really implement these ways of learning into a new setting. I want to do a combination of all ...
by satter06
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Literature
Topic: Choosing a Text
Replies: 0
Views: 2124

Choosing a Text

When using a new text or materials in an ESL classroom it is hard to determine if it is the text that is weak or other factors. This is especially true when inexperienced teachers are having to learn the materials for the first time as they teach them. When my department asks for suggestions on what...
by satter06
Mon May 28, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Teaching Adolescents
Replies: 1
Views: 1564

Teaching Adolescents

Many students do not like to read aloud in class and their motivation to do so declines quickly. In an ESL class students may also be apprehensive to read aloud because they are not confident in their ability to speak the language. An activity that can work with different levels and keep students en...
by satter06
Mon May 28, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Teaching Adult Classes
Replies: 0
Views: 1044

Teaching Adult Classes

I have friends in the spanish community that have asked me a few times about helping them improve their English. So I may decide to teach a small class this summer. I am still learning techniques to teach ESL but think this would be a good opportunity for me to teach as well as learn. Does anyone ha...
by satter06
Mon May 28, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: How much focus on grammar?
Replies: 0
Views: 1263

How much focus on grammar?

In many US high schools grammar is not focused on in class. However, it is necessary to understand how to use English properly. In an ESL classroom it is essential so that students get to piece together what they are learning in different situations. On the other hand if it is focused on too much th...
by satter06
Mon May 28, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Teaching ESL Learners
Replies: 2
Views: 1703

Teaching ESL Learners

Students come to class with varying levels of english, motivation and reasons for learning english. So as a teacher, we have to be flexible in order to reach all of the students. This can be difficult since so many factors can affect that class. A great lesson in one class could do little to aid the...
by satter06
Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Bilingual Education
Topic: Segregation of Bilingual Students
Replies: 2
Views: 2751

Not a long term solution

When we did that group activity, my first thought as I was reading the article was how great it would be to place all bilingual students in one school. It would allow teachers to work cooperatively together and build a community within the school. However, as I started discussing it, I realized that...