ESL Students at Union Chapel
15 ESL Students
1. How many different countries are represented by our students
at UC this year?
Getting to Know YOU
The first group lesson for this year was to make a house for our community or village. We designed
the outside of the house by thinking of our heritage using the colors
in the flag of our ancestors. Next we placed our family members inside our house and then thought of as many things as
possible that we like to put in our home. We then drew and labeled the
items. Next we put our items in categories, learning what
each category meant. Then we heard a chant about north,
south, east and west several times and then wrote a paragraph with
descriptions about our house and family. Last we placed them on
bulletin board in their chosen location. When the parents came
for our Specials evening, I
helped them read their students clues so they could figure out which
house was their child's house.
countries come various cultures-awareness of cultural biases
that we may unintentionally create.
This graphic from Dr. Else Hamayan shows that there is more to
culture than meets the eye!
2 How many different languages are spoken
by our students at UC this year?
a) Honor the home
language and culture
Counting in their Language
When I Think of My Country I Think of
b Validation, Affirmation, Building and
c. The appropriate ways to correct in the
English is incorrect
is to rephrase the answer the student gave you in the correct grammar.
If the child says
Don't laugh just
Make a complete sentence and say
"Yes you may go get the book."
The child will hear that you had more words and will eventually self
correct and add the appropriate words.
Don't tell him that he is saying it
He/she is self conscious enough about not saying it right and it
will only slow down his progress because he/she will be afraid to
d. DRA and Running Record-how to approach Rachel
How many years apart separate the receptive and expressive language
Listening comes first
When students first come they will have a
At first the student may not say anything.
May sit and smile and nod their head.
Watch other students.
May have trouble on the playground.
6 months-1 year
Absorbing the Language
Learning the Culture
Basic Interpersonal Skills
I want the ball.
He hurt me!
Cognitive Academic Vocabulary
Text Book Vocabulary
4 How long do immigrants need to be in
the US/Missouri before they are eligible for Missouri Health
a 5 years
one place that adults can go in our community to take English classes
or practice English.
Hillside Christian Church
900 NE Vivion
KC MO 64118
Well-read native English speaker in a grade 6 class
may have an
active vocabulary of 10,000 - 15,000 words, the newly-promoted ESL
student may know 2,000-3,000 words.
Visuals (Pictures, Videos,
When you write notes add Pictures with the notes
Act out Vocabulary words and Key Concepts
Provide a Study Guide at the Beginning of the Unit
Use Graphic Organizers
Add a word bank to activities and test
Simplify Language- Repeat-Restate-Reword
Give written and Oral instruction
Provide word walls
Have students work in groups
Ask fewer questions on test
Allow students to show you in multiple ways
Interactive Skill Builders
Should Newcomers Know
Originally designed as Bi-lingual site for Spanish speaking families
Created by the American Federation of Teachers
designed to support educators and families
Webcasts, podcasts, video, reports and
articles. Worksheets are available in up to 11 different languages and
some of the techniques even apply to emerging readers whose first
language is English.
There are book recommendations
and recommendation of wordless books for pre readers.
English to Another Language
See and Hear it
Can translate back to see if it makes sense
Seven teaching strategies
Organizing Newcomers Day
One of the First ESL Sights
Geared more for adults
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
Low Intermediate Skills
Intermediate Reading Skills
Main Stream Teachers
Mid Continent Public
How to Find Resources at Mid Continent
Research Data Bases
Geared for those who are going on a trip
Culture and Grammar notes
Language Course for Children
Oxford Language Dictionaries
World, Kids, State and Provinces
Photo Video Gallery
- Accommodation (for English Language Learners)
- Adapting language (spoken or written) to make it
more understandable to second language learners.
- In assessment, accommodations may be made to the
- response method,
- of the assessment (Baker, 2000; Rivera
& Stansfield, 2000).
- The affective filter is a metaphor that describes
a learner's attitudes that affect the relative success of second
language acquisition. Negative feelings such as lack of motivation,
lack of self-confidence and learning anxiety act as filters that hinder
and obstruct language learning. This term is associated with linguist
Stephen Krashen's Monitor Model of second
For Main Stream Teachers
is the furthest distance that our students have traveled from to
be with us.