Abstract: How to assist in getting English language learners help by building strategies into your lessons, and using these tools to create vocabulary and increase fluency.
Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners
As in any good building, if you want to begin properly, you need to build a solid foundation that will support it through the construction process. Similarly, if you want a student to build a foundation of knowledge, you need to construct a base of learning that will see that person through to understanding of the material. In both cases, this is where scaffolding comes into the picture. Whether you are using verbal scaffolding to model how to pronounce a new word, to instructional scaffolding to intentionally use graphic organizers to prepare students for the content of a new chapter, or building strategies into a lesson is critical for ELL/ESL students. One solution to a student not being able to pronounce a new word correctly, even after several attempts, ...
Mar 13, 2015
Classroom Management 198 Views
magine if you were reading a textbook essential for a particular subject. How would you feel if out of every four words, one is completely omitted? No doubt, you would return it to the bookstore and ask for a refund! Yet, such problems are actually plaguing schools nationwide as we speak students are literally missing out words from their teachers in poorly designed classrooms and lecture halls. In such cases, there is no refund - only social costs that continue to plague succeeding batches of students.
In this article, we will discuss ways in which the design of educational spaces have gone wrong from an acoustic point of view - and some possible solutions for noise control.
Noise Control Problems
Although noise control problems could be due to student discipline issues, those are not the only reasons for high noise levels. There are 2 main acoustic problems in the classrooms. They are:
These 2 problems directly interfere with speech - the most ...
Mar 13, 2015
E-Learning/CALL 197 Views
These days, having computers in the classroom is the norm, but will tablets and iPads also become the norm? They may be just a trend or they could be improvements for the desktop computer. A tablet is similar to a smartphone that has an increased capacity of computers. This may be a reason why they seem to be gaining popularity because with our increasingly mobile society, speed is surely essential. Additionally, the knowledge of how to download different apps needed to accomplish a task can be considered a survival skill in today's world. Even young children have a chance to collaborate and experiment in unique ways, which they will find useful when they grow up.
This can make for a great opportunity for students to get the expertise and confidence they will need. The reason why every student should "own" their own tablet will enhance how much they use it outside the classroom. There are at least three ways in which tablets are used: as an enhanced way of communicating between the ...
Mar 13, 2015
Other 201 Views
As an education specialist for 30 years, a parent for 29 and a former student for 17 years, one thing I've learned if nothing else, is that we need to walk in someone else's shoes before we can really judge an issue. Here are some ideas (recommendations) from everyone's perspective on ensuring a successful school year for our children.
From a Parent's Perspective:
1. Treat my child like you'd like your own child treated. 2. When I ask questions please don't be so defensive. 3. Talk in an educational language the average parent can understand. 4. Allow me to help in the classroom. 5. Allow me to observe your classroom. 6. Provide me with your classroom expectations. 7. Believe that I know my child better than anyone else. 8. Please don't wait until a few days before report cards to tell me about poor grades or behavior. 9. Don't talk about your political views. Try to stay neutral. 10. Try not to show favoritism.
From a Teacher's Perspective:
1. Please don't make excuses for your ...
Mar 13, 2015
Pronunciation/Phonics 135 Views
Speak to me only with thine eyes and I will hear every word you say.
Unique in a mix of sounds and intonation, an accent can be an aural delight to the listener. Often he or she will stare at the speaker quizzically, and in some cases smile and even comment with something such as, "What an interesting accent you have!"
What is really going on in that exchange considering the speaker and listener have their own unique accents? Every person has a specific speech pattern within the first language, based on how and where the language was acquired; and it's usually part of regional, cultural, and personal identity. That is deemed a regional accent or regional dialect. Moreover, when a person takes on an additional language, there's usually a degree of overlay of the first language onto the second, which creates a foreign accent. A close linguistic examination might reveal the person's origins, language experiences, and even socio-economic and educational background. While it does not ...