ESL Tips for Mainstream Teachers


From Jessica Mitchell:

  • Are they culturally meaningful?
    • for example: are they building on the background knowledge and interests of the student’s culture or are they framed around American cultural ideas?  This is often difficult to do because culture is not something that we consciously think about.  You will have to do a little research or simply talk to your students about their home culture to learn more and then design instruction around their cultural background.
      • Football or Futbol?  You may use football or going trick or treating as a child as a way to connect the information for your students, but do your ELL students have an understanding of these things?  Maybe not.
  • Are they linguistically meaningful?
    • Are you asking too much of a student who does not speak any English?  Or are you asking too little of a student who has a developed a more comprehensive understanding of the…

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