EAL

Archives for November, 2011

Comprehensible Input

Making your lesson content comprehensible to English langauge learnners (ELLs) is crucial in helping them to make gains in language proficiency and currciulum content. It is a difficult task, and teachers of ELLs need to dig deep into their bag of tricks to enable EAL students to understand what they are being taught.  There are a number […]

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Elective Bi-lingualism

Today’s Bangkok Post carries an article about Thai parents raising their children to be bi-lingual.  It speaks directly to the aspirations of many of the parents here  in the Shrewsbury community. The article describes one family’s approach to raising their daughter as a bi-lingual Thai/English speaker, despite the fact that both parents are native speakers […]

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Team Pair Solo: co-operative learning strategy

Team Pair Solo is a powerful cooperative learning strategy for use in the classroom with ELLs and native speakers alike. This strategy is a great way to reinforce mainstream curriculum objectives while developing language proficiency.  In brief, students are asked to work in groups to begin with, to either brainstorm ideas, share prior knowledge, discuss ways to solve […]

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Language: no joking matter?

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Co-Teaching: thoughts on what makes it work

Co-teaching is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal here at Shrewsbury International School.  The biggest impact we can have on the learning of our students can be acheived through carefully planned and executed co-teaching. It takes time, resources and shared vision to make it work. And making the change from […]

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Writing Scientific Conclusions

A colleague in the science department has done a fabulous job of researching and preparing ways to help her ELLs improve their ability to write clear and concise conclusions to experiments carried out in her class. Her planning document (here) sets out nicely the steps needed to produce a well written conclusion.  It’s a very […]

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Grammar Activities

We often get asked for help with improving grammar and syntax in ELLs. Of course, refining the precision of language is done through lots of exposure to, and use of, authentic language – not decontextualised grammar drills.  That said, giving your students ‘Bell Work’ (a small task they do as they enter the classroom and settle […]

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Planet Word

Planet Word is a five-part series in which Stephen Fry explores language, coming to understand how we learn it, write it and sometimes lose it, and why it defines us. This two and a half minute excerpt looks at our innate ability to aquire grammar rules, and at ways in which we can help children […]

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Co-teaching

How can co-teaching become an effective support for inclusive practices to accomodate the needs of diverse English Language Learners?  How can it help students of all language proficiencies meet curriculum standards? How can it establish a vehicle for creative collaboration between EAL and mainstream teachers? The article at the link below adresses these three questions […]

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Good practice case study

This pdf describes the sucesses of a primary school in Hillingdon, which has a large majority of ELL children.  Fully one third classed as being in the early stages of English acquisiton.  The case study describes how the school values mother tongue, diversity and inclusion, as well as a language assessment system that feeds into personalised learning.  […]

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