5 Surprises about Teaching English Language Learners

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Published on February 16, 2014

Author: kristinlems

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Professor Kristin Lems, Ed.D., created this for the general public. She is available for consultations and can be found on LinkedIn.

Kristin Lems Professional Development Provider – kristinlems@gmail.com

Listening in a new language is fatiguing! Reading in a new language requires stamina

Classroom implications:  Give opportunities for native language support or instruction.  Provide a chance to review or rehear material  Break tasks and texts into smaller units  Spend some class time on stamina-building

 You can speak the primary language of a country or culture but not understand aspects of its culture  FACT: People are more forgiving of language mistakes than cultural mistakes  Classroom implications:

 Derek Sivers on Japanese Street Addresses, and opposites

         Salutations and Greetings Protocols for Meals Ways of complimenting, requesting, etc. Gift giving and receiving When to show up, when to depart Kinds of questions that are acceptable Touching and other body language Use of money Attitudes toward elders

 An English language learner is someone whose household speaks a language other than English  Even though many ELLs are not immigrants     Their parents may or may not be immigrants AND Their parents may or may not be undocumented AND Their parents may or may not know English AND Their parents may or may not be literate in a language AND  The child may or may not be familiar with the country the family has come from A LOT OF FACTORS!

 Learn as much as you can about the children, their families, and their cultures!  Involve the family in the life of the school!  Give children chances to share what they already know about – their own lives!  Adjust instruction as you go along – be nimble!

 Common words can present misunderstandings, too!  Collocations, idioms, and listemes include many phrasal verbs, and the preposition can make a big difference to the meaning!  Come up with own Into one’s Around

 All that glitters….  It’s like going from the frying pan….  Like father, ……  If at first you don’t succeed….  A rolling stone……

 The 5 levels  A child experiencing the silent period

 Don’t let kids accept basic communication as enough – stretch it  Help students understand that language learning and acquisition never ends! And develop the habits of mind to continue to improve and grow… And celebrate successes!!

Man of Constant Sorrow  Preteach unknown vocabulary  Play the song and have students fill in cloze  Get in small groups, have students write response from point of view of various actors in the song and read them back

Dr. Kristin Lems kristinlems@gmail.com

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