How to Improve Literacy Skills in the ESL Classroom (Part 1)

So, You Think You Can Teach ESL?

Taken from: Literacy at KS3 | Chatham Grammar School for Boysholcombeonline.cgsb.co.uk Taken from: Literacy at KS3 | Chatham Grammar School for Boysholcombeonline.cgsb.co.uk

What is literacy?

“Literacy” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is:

noun– the quality or state of being literate

For English-language learners:

[non count] 1 : the ability to read and write

*I’d also include the ability to speak (somewhat) conversationally and comprehend what’s being said.

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How literate are your students?

I often find that many of my students have trouble with developing good literacy skills.  I’ll ask them to read a short passage from the book we’re using, but they cannot do it. ESL is a difficult thing for some students and they will struggle with learning how to read, write, and speak proficiently. Other students seem to do well, but still overall there are lots of problems with basic reading, writing and speaking comprehension skills.

I try to use different methods to help my students understand, such…

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