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.
Category Archives: ELLs in the Classroom
Here is a video I made for my EDU 587 Communicating with immigrants course at Georgetown College. Enjoy!
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!
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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Here is a handy little video by one of my classmates. She collaborated with her school’s ESL teacher to produce this informational bit on how to better understand ACCESS scores.
Here’s a video created by one of my wonderful classmates. She’s very articulate and does a great job explaining the reasons why we should use assessment with ELLs as well as how to do so.
WIDA Standards, Can Dos and guidelines for fairly assessing English Language Learners in your classroom
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.
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