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Certified teacher seeking ESL endorsement in KY

ELL Writing Skills: The Influence of L1 Culture

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Teaching Refugee Children and What to Keep in Mind

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How to deal with anxiety and fear.  Read more in “How the Brain Purges Bad Memories” at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-brain-purges-bad-memories/

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Calendar Activity With Extensions in 7 Languages to link Content to Home Language

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Click here to receive your Free PDF sample of:

Learning Language Every Day! An Activity Calendar for Children Ages 2.5-5.5 Years and Their Families

From WIDA

This calendar sample includes pages from each of the 6 available languages:

English, Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Simplified Chinese.

These large (13.5″ x 9 5/8″) 2015-16 wall calendars are designed to support home language development and learning at home. They feature full-color, child-friendly illustrations, suggested word lists, connections to Kindergarten expectations, and cut-out activity cards with developmentally-appropriate language-based activities. A two-page calendar guide, and focus bulletin for practitioners accompanies each classroom set of calendars.

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I just love Grammarly…

Not all concepts and words have direct translations.  Check out Grammarly’s post here:

http://www.grammarly.com/blog/2015/11-amazing-untranslatable-words-from-other-cultures/?io&utm_campaign=Blog_Augment_1&utm_source=Facebook_org&utm_medium=social&utm_content=link_post

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Great for Teachers: Collaboration Tools on Google Chrome

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Did I ever tell you how much I love Google products?  OK, OK, I did many times… Anyway, read more here on some ideas for how to use Google Chrome for collaboration:  http://www.educatorstechnology.com/

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Meeting a Moroccan family

Here’s a video made by one of my classmates about Morocco.  She provides information on language, culture and various other factors.  She also provides recommendations on how teachers can best relate to their ELL students and families.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/sLekKu9QLFo“>

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EDU 587 Project

Here is a video I made for my EDU 587 Communicating with immigrants course at Georgetown College.  Enjoy!

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ELL Home Visits

This is a truly touching story which emphasizes the importance and effectiveness of home visits. This one probably changed this little girl’s perception of school- giving her something to look forward to instead of dread- the math club!

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original publication here

A few years ago, I was called to translate by a social worker at a primary school. A teacher had complained that one of her students never looked her in the eye when spoken to and was painfully shy. The child never participated in class unless it was obligatory and only under duress. She was frequently absent, particularly on days when she had to make a presentation before the class. However, the student was very bright, with excellent grades and careful, neat work. The social worker wanted me to contact the parents and arrange a meeting to discuss a special education placement.

Some intuition obliged me to wonder about the need for special education. I stepped out of my usually neutral role as interpreter and asked the social worker why it was necessary. The more questions I asked, the more both of us questioned the recommendation. I…

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Mexico Teacher’s Day: The Role of the Teacher in the 21st Century

This is very significant to me right now…as I am completing a project on Mexican culture, a large aspect of which is education!

Oxford University Press

schoolgirl-using-laptopLysette Taplin is an experienced English language teacher, editor and author of a number of ELT materials. Ahead of this year’s Teacher’s Day in Mexico, she discusses the changing role of the teacher and the implementation of digital tools in the classroom.

Teacher’s Day, celebrated in Mexico on May 15, honors the role educators play in providing students with quality education. Ten to twenty years ago, that role was to be the primary information giver who stood at the front of the classroom “pouring knowledge into passive students who wait[ed] like empty vessels to be filled”[1]. However, now that the 21st century is well under way, our role needs to shift towards becoming a facilitator: giving students an idea, a topic to discuss and providing them with the confidence to communicate. This type of teaching is known as student-centered learning, and has been favored in…

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Bilingual Students Need Support in Their Native Language

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It is sad that we even still talk about this but we still need to share with schools that our English learners must get support in their home language to do better in English.  Read more here:  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/05/13/bilingual-students-need-support-in-their-native.html

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