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Title: Providing Insight, Motivation, and Resources for Classroom Teachers of ESL Students


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Unlocking the Mysteries of Our ESOL Students
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In order for us to help our ESOL students, we
must first understand their unique situations,
needs, and desires.
Here is one of the most practical, informational
ESOL websites I have found for understanding and
accommodating the needs of ESOL students!
Home Page http//www.everythingesl.net/ Lesson
plans, Teaching Tips, Resource Picks, and Ask
Judy
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We all have similar concerns about how to best
educate our ESOL students.
  • We wonder
  • What language is spoken at home?
  • Do their parents understand English? Are they
    able to help with schoolwork?
  • What was their life like before they got here?
  • Were they a witness to traumatic events?
  • What is their home life like now?
  • What are their cultural expectations?
  • How can I honor their culture?

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  • How can I make them feel comfortable and
    accepted?
  • How can I help my mainstream students accept
    them?
  • How do I begin? Do I allow them to work in their
    native language, or insist on English from the
    start?
  • If I dont speak their language, what can I do to
    facilitate communication?
  • How do I help them make the transition to
    English?
  • What is the language acquisition process?
  • How do I help my students to learn to read and
    write in English?
  • How do I help my students to comprehend content
    area reading?
  • What resources are available to help me?

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In order to answer these questions, you first
need to get to know your students. You then need
to learn strategies for meeting their needs.
  • This can be done by
  • Interviewing the student or other family members.
  • Working with the district ESL teacher
  • Talking with other teachers
  • Attending workshops and classes
  • Reading professional articles on ESL instruction
  • Using interactive online resources
  • Using software that has been adapted for ESL
    students
  • Using online language translators
  • Using community resource people as translators
  • Using the teaching skills you already have!

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  • The following slides contain descriptions of
    informative articles. To read the article, click
    on the link on the bottom of each slide.

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How can I make my ESOL students feel accepted and
socially comfortable?
Article Communicating with Gestures by Judie
Haynes
Very few gestures are universally understood and
interpreted. What is perfectly acceptable in the
United States may be rude, or even obscene, in
other cultures. Learn More http//www.everythin
gesl.net/inservices/body_language.php
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  • Activities for Newcomers
  • by Judie Haynes
  • When brand new English language learners
    first enter your school, it can be overwhelming
    for the teachers responsible for their
    instruction. It's hard to know what to do first.
    Here are some activity-based tips to get you
    started.

Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/inservic
es/september.php
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  • Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptance
  • by Judie Haynes
  • Discover how you can alleviate many
    newcomers' fears by creating an atmosphere of
    acceptance and welcome in all of your classes.
  • Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/ins
    ervices/nurturing.php

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  • Help Your Newcomers Develop Pride in Their
    Heritage
  • by Judie Haynes
  • Do you know how to use the diversity in your
    classroom to help your newcomers develop pride in
    their native languages and cultures? Try some of
    these ideas.
  • Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/inse
    rvices/culturedisplay.php

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  • ESL Teacher as Cultural Broker
  • by Judie Haynes
  • Simple awareness on the part of mainstream
    staff members will help them deal more
    effectively with cross-cultural dissension. As
    ESL/bilingual professionals we need to teach
    strategies which help our colleagues understand
    the role culture plays in the behavior and
    reactions of second language learners and their
    parents.
  • Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/inse
    rvices/crosscultural.php

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  • English Language Learners and the
  • "Hidden Curriculum"
  • by Judie Haynes
  • The TESOL Standards formalized what ESL
    professionals have been doing all along Teaching
    our students culturally appropriate responses in
    a variety of situations.
  • Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/ins
    ervices/goal3.php

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Explaining BICS and CALP by Judie Haynes
Classroom teachers need to understand the
difference between social language and academic
language acquisition. Here is a simple
description of BICS and CALP as theorized by Jim
Cummins. Learn More http//www.everythingesl.n
et/inservices/bics_calp.php
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How can I help my ESOL students with learning
Content Area Curriculum?
  • Challenges for ELLs in Content Area Learning
  • by Judie Haynes
  • Do you want to help classroom teachers in your
    school with their English language learners?
    Begin by understanding the challenges ELLs face
    in their content area learning.
  • Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/inserv
    ices/challenges_ells_content_area_l_65322.php

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  • SIOP Making Content Comprehensible for ELLs
  • by Judie Haynes
  • The Sheltered Instruction Observation
    Protocol (SIOP) was developed to make content
    material comprehensible to English Language
    Learners. This model is the result of the work of
    Jana Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt and Deborah J.
    Short.
  • Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/inse
    rvices/using_siop_model_08621.php.php

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Content-based Surveys and Interviews by Judie
Haynes
Get your English language learners involved in
content area learning. Promote the development of
your ELLs' oral language skills and content area
vocabulary through oral surveys written in a
cooperative group setting. Learn More
http//www.everythingesl.net/inservices/oral_surve
y.php
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  • Graphic Organizers for Content Instruction
  • by Judie Haynes
  • Graphic organizers make content area
    information more accessible to second language
    learners. They convert complex information into
    manageable chunks. Download graphic organizers
    from this page.
  • Learn More http//www.everythingesl.net/inse
    rvices/graphic_organizers.php

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To learn much more about working with ESOL
students, examine the remainder of helpful
articles at this wonderful website!
  • http//www.everythingesl.net/inservices/

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Also, visit the following websites for more
information or interactive activities for your
students. The following websites can be found on
the Clara Byrd Baker network (Go to My Computer,
then Shared on cbb (drive r), then go to the lab
folder, then the ESL Resources folder.)
For Teacher Reference http//www.apples4theteache
r.com/alfabetoenespanol.html (Spanish
alphabet) http//www.manythings.org/ (Games,
quizzes, audio files, etc.) http//www.apples4thet
eacher.com/resources/modules.php?opmodloadnameN
ewsfileindexcatidtopic3 http//www.educatio
nalpress.org/educationalpress/Index.asp (Make
bingo boards, worksheets, etc.) http//www.everyt
hingesl.net/quicktips/ (Great quick tips for
classroom teachers)
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http//www.gate.net/labooks/xDolchSpanish.html
(Spanish/English Dolch sight words) http//www.fa
stq.com/7Ejbpratt/education/links/eceactonline.ht
ml (English activities and games)   http//web2.uv
cs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/200/vocab/index.htm
(Great for every day vocabulary) http//www.songs
forteaching.com/esleflesol.htm (Songs and
soundclips in English) http//pbskids.org/stories
.html (Interactive stories) http//owl.english.pu
rdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslstudent.htmlcourses
(English language courses online)
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  • http//teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bll/index
    .htm (Building Language for Literacy)
  • http//www.everythingesl.net/inservices/challenges
    _ells_content_area_l_65322.php (Challenges for
    ELLs in Content Area Reading article)
  • http//www.logos.it/pls/dictionary/new_dictionary.
    elenco_dizio_project?pjCode10langENu_code4395
    (Picture dictionary in many languages plus
    audio)
  • http//www.gate.net/labooks/xDolchSpanish.html
    (Spanish/English Dolch sight words)
  • http//iteslj.org/links/ESL/Kids/ (Links to
    resources)

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  • For Students
  • http//www.starfall.com/ (One of my favorites
    for kids to learn to read.)
  • http//www.anglaisfacile.com/kids/indexg.php
    (Games and worksheets for learning English)
  • http//pbskids.org/mayaandmiguel/flash.html (Can
    switch back and forth between English and
    Spanish)
  •  http//www.my-spanish-dictionary.com/ (Good for
    communicating with Spanish speakers)
  • http//teacher.scholastic.com/activities/adventure
    /index.htm
  • http//pbskids.org/stories.html (Online stories)
  •  
  • http//duber.com/CALL/asl.html (American Sign
    Language)

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  http//www.ilovelanguages.com/ (Guide to
language websites)   http//www.tolearnenglish.com
/ (Audio lessons, quizzes, etc.)   http//www.1-la
nguage.com/ (Free materials for learning
English)   http//www.caslt.org/research/esllinks1
_5.htm (Vocabulary, dictionaries)   http//www.ac-
nancy-metz.fr/enseign/anglais/Henry/litt.htm
(Animated and interactive stories)   http//pbskid
s.org/mayaandmiguel/flash_esp.html (Interactive
Spanish/English)   http//www.alfy.com/Storyville/
Flash/snowframe1.asp?resizeTRUE (Animated and
interactive stories) http//www.1-language.com/es
lphonics/ (Downloadable ESL phonics worksheets)  
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  http//teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/
(Interactive Storybooks) http//www.eslkid.com/
(Interactive activities) http//www.funbrain.com/
verb/ (Verbs games) http//madridteacher.com/Act
ivities/ (Vocabulary games in English) http//www
.learnenglish.org.uk/kidsgames_frame.html (Learn
English games) http//www.wordmania.org/wmindex7.
htm (Word games with pictures)  
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http//www.eslcafe.com/ (Daves ESL
Café)   http//www.manythings.org/vq/ (Easy
Vocabulary Quizzes with Pictures)   http//www.scs
.k12.tn.us/SCS/subject-areas/ESL/esl.htmlResource
s20for20Primary20and20Newcomers (ESL
Resource Page)   http//www.factmonster.com/games.
html (Reference website)   http//www.funbrain.co
m/words.html (Word Games)   http//www.genkiengli
sh.net/gamemenu.htm (Songs, games, etc. to learn
English) http//www.iknowthat.com/com (Fun,
educational, animated games)   http//www.learning
planet.com/act/fl/aact/index.asp (Interactive
Alphabet)   http//www.lil-fingers.com/storybooks/
index.html (Simple Interactive Storybooks)  
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http//www.logos.it/pls/dictionary/new_dictionary.
elenco_dizio_project?pjCode10langENu_code4395
(Picture dictionary in many languages plus
audio) http//www.gate.net/labooks/xDolchSpanish.
html (Spanish/English Dolch sight
words) http//iteslj.org/links/ESL/Kids/ (Links
to resources) http//www.meddybemps.com/letterary/
guide_and_archives.html (Handwriting
guide)  http//www.enchantedlearning.com/Dictionar
y.html (Picture dictionary in many
languages) http//www.literacycenter.net/lessonvie
w_en.htm (Another favorite) http//www.pdictiona
ry.com/ (Internet picture dictionary)        
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  • Enjoy the challenges of working with ESL
    students, as you enjoy the challenges of teaching
    all your students. Keep an open mind, ask
    questions, and remember to listen!
  • Just continue to do what you do best!
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