Category Archives: Culture

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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Book: Look at me When I Talk to You

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A presentation of the book content created by one of my fantastic graduate students…

Look at Me When I Talk to You

I like this book for a number of different reasons and recommend it to any ESL teachers

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Community Involvement with ESL Students

So, You Think You Can Teach ESL?

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For many teens in school, volunteering is typically a requirement for graduation. Many teens probably don’t like spending their free time cleaning up trash in the park, talking to elderly people in a nursing home, or repainting some old building. I certainly didn’t. Like most teens, I rather wanted to hang out with friends, watch movies, and fool around.

But volunteering is truly a beneficial way for teens to discover new interests, make connections, help others and make an impact in their communities.

Volunteering projects and experiences help teens build character, social skills, independence, and responsibility. Volunteers are given chances to work with people they may or may not know, understand differences of opinion, and solve problems using teamwork.

It also provides ESL students with the perfect opportunity to use their skills in real-life interactions.

Kelly Hobby, Katherine Olivieri, Mirta SotoTeenage ESL students are seldom given chances to practice speaking English outside…

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Video of English Learner Perspective in the USA

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The Importance of Culture in ESL Teaching

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Another good reading from TESOL International.  Read this practical piece here:  http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/the-importance-of-culture-in-esl-teaching/education

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ESL students learn English, keep pride in their culture

Maintaining their own culture better enables students to accept others

BroadyELT

Nice article about the realities of ELs in schools, good read and good to share with mainstream colleagues:

http://www.marionstar.com/story/news/local/2014/11/08/esl-students-learn-english-keep-pride-culture/18713055/

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