" srcset="https://i1com/minds-in-bloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Debs-Top-10-Tips-When-You-Are-Assigned-a-Non-English-Speaking-Student.png? w=735&ssl=1 735w, https://i1com/minds-in-bloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Debs-Top-10-Tips-When-You-Are-Assigned-a-Non-English-Speaking-Student.png? resize=200,300&ssl=1 200w, https://i1com/minds-in-bloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Debs-Top-10-Tips-When-You-Are-Assigned-a-Non-English-Speaking-Student.png? resize=683,1024&ssl=1 683w" sizes="(max-width: 735px) 100vw, 735px" data-jpibfi-post-excerpt="" data-jpibfi-post-url="https://minds-in-bloom.com/debs-top-10-tips-when-you-are-assigned/" data-jpibfi-post-title="Deb’s Top 10 Tips When You Are Assigned a Non-English Speaking Student! First, I recall my own experience during my first year of teaching when second grader Jessica arrived at my classroom door one morning…and I sought out the school’s ELL teacher and spoke the exact same words to her! Ideally, this buddy would be a patient, kind role model who speaks the same language as your student (and can translate! When this isn’t an option, however, choose a patient, kind English-speaking classmate, who will be agreeable to helping your new student follow your directions. For example, if you are telling the class about your drive home from school the prior evening when you almost hit a deer, you might do this: “You’ll never believe (hands on cheeks) the scary thing that happened to me yesterday! I always have my i Pad open to Google Images, and I am frequently typing in words to provide a necessary visual for my students.
" data-jpibfi-src="https://i1com/minds-in-bloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Debs-Top-10-Tips-When-You-Are-Assigned-a-Non-English-Speaking-Student.png? resize=735,1102&ssl=1" data-recalc-dims="1"As an ELL teacher, this scene has occurred several times during my teaching career: A concerned teacher rather frantically approaches me and exclaims, “What do I do? Then, I start to calmly run down my “top 10 list.” I’m sharing that list with you today! I was driving home (hands look like they are moving a steering wheel) when a deer (draw a quick sketch of a deer on the board) jumped (use your hands to indicate a bounding motion) in front of my car! Ask a student to help by saying, “Tim, you’re a good artist…would you come to the board and draw a quick sketch of a deer for Nafiso so she can understand what I am talking about? Take, for instance, a lesson where you are trying to teach your students the meaning of the roots –.
You might even want to consider telling your other students to raise their hands when they catch you using an idiom! I think it is wise to let them continue writing in their native language about twice a week.They’ll learn to recognize idioms, and you will be able to take the opportunity to explain their meanings! Speak slowly and clearly, especially when you are speaking directly to the new student. Do not correct your student’s errors when he/she attempts to speak in English. ) Rather, celebrate that he/she tried to communicate in English. However, I also begin to teach them how to write simple English sentence structures soon after their arrival.If you have an opportunity, then model the correct way to say the phrase. I begin with teaching my new students color words (see the freebie below!Use Google Images to show your student what a pedestrian, pedal, tripod, podium, and centipede are, and discuss how they are all related to the word “foot.” I can almost guarantee that this action will benefit many students in your classroom, not only your new ELL! Just last week, I was reading a task card with an ELL student about a bashful “flower girl.” I was worried that this fairly new student from Africa would think it was referring to a female flower, so I popped out the i Pad, opened to Google Images, typed in “flower girl,” and then showed her the pictures.I used the photo in the upper left corner, and we discussed the American tradition of the bride choosing little girls to throw flower petals during the wedding ceremony. Be aware of how often you use idioms like “hold your horses” and “he let the cat out of the bag” when you talk. Writing is a tough subject for a newly-arrived student who doesn’t speak English.