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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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Five Effective Strategies for Supporting English Language Learners in the Classroom

Natalie Platon

In my 3rd grade classroom, I use a variety of strategies to help English Learners learn English more quickly and retain new vocabulary. After learning French on my own time, I have discovered several strategies that have improved my French drastically.

1.) Using technology to enhance learning – Technology offers a different alternative to more traditional strategies such as direct instruction. When I learn French, I use apps such as Duolingo and Memrise to enhance my vocabulary. In the classroom, I give students the opportunity to use different apps to improve their language skills.

2.) Collaborate often with classmates in small groups. – By working in small groups, English Learners have the opportunity to improve their speaking skills because they have to work with their classmates to complete a specific task.

3.) Read books that are appropriate for their grade level. – When I study French, I read books and articles…

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Why Immigrant and Multilinguals are an Assett

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Read more about the importance of global competence  in “Diversity drives demand for global lessons” here http://www.districtadministration.com/article/diversity-drives-demand-global-lessons

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TESOL Updates

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TESOL Convention

Did you miss some sessions at the TESOL convention? Looking for handouts? Didn’t get to the bookstore? Want to propose a session for 2016? It’s not too late! Read on.

TESOL Press Books at the Convention Discount
Until 30 April, you may purchase TESOL Press books at the Convention bookstore discount of 30% off list price (13% off member price.) There is a minimum US$30 purchase. Shipping is free for up to 5 books to the US and Canada only. There is a charge for shipping elsewhere. Use code TPM2015 at checkout.
Session Handouts
Not all sessions have handouts. For those sessions that have handouts, you can use your TESOL 2015 mobile app to access them. Select the session icon and search for the session. If there are available handouts, there will be a tab called “downloadables.”

On the desktop: Visit the desktop site in your browser. Search for…

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Finally: U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education

Meant to post this a while ago…pretty sure I didn’t at least. Enjoy!

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Practical Tips for Communicating in the Classroom

From a classmate..tips for communicating in the ELL classroom

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Here is a condensed version of tips to help teachers who have ELL students. These tips come from the book, Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners.

  1. Restate complex sentences as smaller and simpler sentences
  2. No idioms
  3. Pause more
  4. Explain key vocab
  5. Use objects / visuals
  6. Graphic organizers / guided notes
  7. Time for discussion should be allowed to clarify

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