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by MegCast
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: push-in ESL teaching
Replies: 0
Views: 1379

push-in ESL teaching

Would someone like to share their experience as a push-in ESL teacher? I am unsure how I would handle teaching in this role. Does the ESL teacher act as remedial support for the ELLs by following along with the lesson being taught by the mainstream teacher? I would assume that both teachers are plan...
by MegCast
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Teaching with social responsibility
Replies: 1
Views: 1297

Teaching with social responsibility

I recently witnessed several lesson presentations in my ESL certification class. I was impressed with how well some teachers touched on “hot topics” or controversial issues within their lesson. It got me thinking about how I would handle teaching such topics while remaining neutral and sensitive to ...
by MegCast
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Activities to build listening skills?
Replies: 10
Views: 7847

I think you bring up a great point! I too have never given much consideration to effective listening activities. I guess I always assumed that listening would automatically be included in my lessons through reading, speaking, or writing activities and that would be enough. I have come to discover th...
by MegCast
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Role of teacher
Replies: 4
Views: 2201

Over time and through classroom experience you will notice that it becomes easier to transition between roles and quickly adapt to the needs of your students. Once you get to know their individual strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles you will be able to anticipate the teaching role they requir...
by MegCast
Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: how to assess students?
Replies: 7
Views: 9344

I like Shiwei’s suggestion of using self- and peer- assessments. This will help keep students involved and motivated as they learn to monitor performance. Students can assess by using checklists, setting their own goals, and asking partners for confirmation. This type of assessment will also strengt...
by MegCast
Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: alternative assessment
Replies: 3
Views: 4816

You could choose a performance-based assessment in the form of group projects, student portfolios or journals. These types of assessments may be more time-consuming than a typical test because students are being tested on the process of performing various tasks and meeting the objectives. This type ...
by MegCast
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Self-Awareness of Learning Styles
Replies: 3
Views: 4473

Self-Awareness of Learning Styles

Through my reading I have come to learn that there are many styles of successful language learning. When learners gain self-awareness of their individual styles, they can choose learning strategies that might work best for them. Teachers can administer informal self-checklists or personality style t...
by MegCast
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Initiating interaction among students
Replies: 2
Views: 1964

I think you brought up a good point about the expectations for classroom interaction that other cultures may have. Especially for adult ELLs who already went through school in another country and are accustomed to that culture’s style of teaching and learning. For example, students may be use to onl...
by MegCast
Tue May 29, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Topic: recgonize advantages and disadvantages of CALL
Replies: 5
Views: 6823

I agree that CALL can be a very effective tool in the language classroom. However, I think the important thing that teachers need to be mindful of, is relying too heavily on computers and believing that they will miraculously create a successful student. I like that you referred to computer technolo...
by MegCast
Tue May 29, 2012 1:10 am
Forum: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Topic: How can I create my own homepage/website?
Replies: 10
Views: 7569

I love the idea of having a website for your students. I just read about a similar idea that suggests having students become involved in creating a class website. Since students would be the ones creating the material that gets posted, not only would the site showcase their individual personalities,...
by MegCast
Mon May 21, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: listening and speaking
Replies: 1
Views: 716

Hi Sunflower03 Thanks for your post! I found it very informative. I am studying to become an ESL teacher and have been reading about the importance of using authentic and meaningful language with ELLs. I like the point you made about including activities that are focused on real world tasks to impro...
by MegCast
Mon May 21, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Intensive English Programs
Topic: Intensive English Programs
Replies: 3
Views: 5688

I agree that IEP programs could be a very effective way for students to learn a new language. From what I have read, it seems that most IEP programs are offered through 2-4 year colleges and universities. Has anyone seen this type of program offered in public secondary schools? The full-time approac...
by MegCast
Mon May 14, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Socioaffective factors
Replies: 3
Views: 857

Socioaffective factors

I am currently working toward my ESL teacher certification, and I would like to think that the ESL classroom serves as a “safe haven” for language learners. The ESL teacher is the one who truly understands what challenges students face and is responsible for making them feel comfortable and supporte...
by MegCast
Mon May 14, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Positive motivation
Replies: 3
Views: 1101

Intrinsic Motivation

I am currently reading Teaching by Principles by H. Douglas Brown, and I have come to learn that finding ways to motivate ELL's is a common challenge for teachers. If students can be motivated intrinsically rather than extrinsically, they will be more likely to succeed. Instead of using extrinsic mo...