All educators are language teachers no matter what our discipline or specialty may be. We teach using a language conducive to the needs/desires of our students and without our use (and awareness) of language, we wouldn’t be teachers at all!
As I endeavour on my journey as a #SPELTAC teacher and learner, I thought it’d be helpful to compile a list of blogs and resources that I’ve visited to help me learn more and ultimately achieve my goals to be a more effective teacher of language. I want to be better equipped to accommodate my #EAL learners; this year, I have one very beginner English language learner so it’s essential!
To better assist this student, I first of all access Google Translate to help me translate spoken language for instructions. This works well as the student is able to hear spoken mother tongue and then communicate understand via writing/drawing. Thank goodness for Google Translate!
Larry Ferlazzo discusses the ‘Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English-Language Leaners’ in this article. Sometimes, it’s nice to read something and have validation that you’re doing something right – this is how I felt reading this article that essentially says we need to value the mother tongue, the importance of demonstrations and checking for understanding. Thank you, sir!
This next share might be a bit of a weird one…but I took the time to read it and really enjoy idioms! In fact, this year, I’ve begun sharing quotes with my #KG class at the beginning or end of the day to try and provoke their imagination and deeper level thinking. This wouldn’t be an easy thing for an EAL learner to understand or access, but these quotes have an image/graphic that my KG non-English speaking student can hopefully access, as opposed to text; most students can’t read just yet so they still rely for me to communicate the text verbally. The idiom blurb can be found here by Judie Haynes and here, you’ll find the 20 quotes from children’s books that I am sharing with my class this year. I will have to take note of idioms and pair them with graphics that depict the idiom as a way to further differentiate once my quotes are done! 🙂
Watch this space, as I’ll be sure to come back and update you on what I’m trying in my classroom to ensure effective language learning for all of my #students!