Lesson for English Language Learners: Breaking News Project

My students worked together to research current news sources in our school library. Here is a short video explaining our News Project: They worked on the following worksheet for our library visit so they could plan for their own news story: Group Names:     Title: Media 1 (2 Images):Please write down ideas about the images youContinue reading “Lesson for English Language Learners: Breaking News Project”

Literature Review: Methods for Identifying and Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Special Needs 

Introduction Schools in the United States of America (USA) face challenges with identifying English Language Learners (ELLs) with special needs. In 2018 statistics, the National Education Association declared 50.7 million students in public schools with 5.02 million students being ELLs. They further declared ‘English language learners are the fastest growing student population group in public schools’.Continue reading “Literature Review: Methods for Identifying and Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Special Needs “

Laws and Policies that Affect Teaching and Learning

This was a fun project for my studies at Moreland University. Activity Requirements Create a 5 minute video that reviews one law or policy that affects the day-to-day functioning of schools, students, and teachers in the country in which you are living or in your home country. The video presentation should: Describe accurately the selectedContinue reading “Laws and Policies that Affect Teaching and Learning”

Speaking: English Language Learners’ Assessment

Needs Assessment for Oral Skills Instruction Learner Profile Forty five Grade 10 ELL students in a Chinese high school, international department.   For this activity, I provided each student with a questionnaire to assess the four language domains: reading, writing, listening, speaking. This questionnaire was designed so I could get to know the students and also have them complete aContinue reading “Speaking: English Language Learners’ Assessment”

Listening Guides: Teaching English Language Learners

Listening guides are a great way to create engaging and interesting lessons for English Language Learners (ELLs). You can use video or audio for your lessons. My preference is videos and I like the short tutorials found at TEDEd. This post will share ideas and a sample lesson plan my group at Moreland University createdContinue reading “Listening Guides: Teaching English Language Learners”

Translanguaging: Teaching English as a Second Language

Translanguaging is used to bridge knowledge from the student’s first language to English. Translanguaging is the act performed by bilinguals of accessing different linguistic features or various modes of what are described as autonomous languages, in order to maximize communicative potential. Translanguaging is about communication, not about language itself. Langauge learners can move between theirContinue reading “Translanguaging: Teaching English as a Second Language”

My Personal Literacy Narrative

Learning to read is important for children. It expands their worlds and worldviews in a ways we cannot learn from other sources. It creates feelings of achievement and empowerment in our ability to learn about any topic we find interesting. My Hometown I grew up in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Our hamlet, Dore Lake, had approximatelyContinue reading “My Personal Literacy Narrative”

Word Walls and Word Maps in English Language Learning

Target Learner Population Grade 10 and 11 students at Chinese high school in the international department.  Word Wall We have a large portable white board on wheels in the class where we create a Word Wall for the vocabulary words my students need to learn for their final Chinese exams. We use the CET-4 Chinese VocabularyContinue reading “Word Walls and Word Maps in English Language Learning”

Mini-Lessons for Vocabulary Development in English Language Learners

The readings this week helped me to build context around the foundational theories of teaching grammar. In particular, teaching vocabulary to English Language Learners. (You can find the links to the readings below in the references section.) The reading by Sibold (2011) resonated with me because it helped me to clearly see the distinction betweenContinue reading “Mini-Lessons for Vocabulary Development in English Language Learners”

Strategies for Vocabulary Development- Word Walls and Word Maps

Target Learner Population: Grade 10 and 11 students at Chinese high school in the international department.  Learning Goals: I will implement Word Walls and Word Maps in 2021-2022 academic school year. This is my plan for how I will use them in my English classes. Word Wall We have a large wall at the backContinue reading “Strategies for Vocabulary Development- Word Walls and Word Maps”

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