April 28, 2014


Songs and Chants are a dynamic part of an ELD lesson. Songs/ Chants set the stage for the lesson and help focus the learner on the vocabulary and grammatical structure you are teaching.
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Songs and Chants help students hear the cadence and intonation of English.  They give the teacher an opportunity to help with pronunciation and articulation
You can use songs introduce grammar structure, vocabulary, or create an anticipatory set. Songs engage students because they are so darn fun!
Look at the benefits:
  • Anticipatory Set
  • Engagement
  • Affective Filter
  • Cadence and Intonation
  • Vocabulary and Grammar Features
  • Pronunciation and articulation
Make sure you pick songs that contain the vocabulary and or sentence structure you are teaching.  Songs will help students learn these words and expressions, as well as, other words of high frequency.
Don't forget that singing helps students  acquire a sense of rhythm and facilitates memorization of a linguistic item.
You can use a song or a chant to teach children the sounds and rhythm of English to reinforce structures and vocabulary or as a Total Physical Response activities!

Try this activity with your favorite song~


This is an excellent and fun way to open a
lesson. Students practice vocabulary through
songs and chants with very varied voices.

GROUPING: Whole class
OBJECTIVE: To practice vocabulary

• Song/chant

•Sing the song/chant with very varied

Mouse squeak
Opera singing
Robot voice
Whisper voice
Deep voice
High voice
Hold you nose voice
Growling voice

Add some very varied actions to
your very varied voices.
Suggested Actions:
Movie Star kisses/waves
Dribble and Shoot
Jumping Jacks
Weight Lifting

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Happy Teaching!

April 21, 2014

Fun To Teach on Pinterest!

Hello everyone!

Wow the school year is zooming by!
I was working on my Pinterest boards today and wanted to tell you all about the 81 boards I have made to share.  I couldn't believe I had so many!  

If you have a moment, click on over to Pinterest and check out the Fun To Teach boards.  

There is something for almost every teacher!

Some board names are:
Math and ESL ELD
Academic Language
Math Vocabulary Games
Pronouns for ELD ESL
Figurative Language 

I am also part of some group boards including:
Spanish Learning
Anchor Charts and Foldables
Math for Second Grade 
Fabulous and Free

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Happy Teaching! 


April 16, 2014

Academic language

Hi everyone,
Academic language is a complex concept and requires teaching students the phonological features of English, vocabulary and word formation rules (Lexical knowledge), grammar, discourse, and cognition.  I wrote a blog post about the difference between academic language and academic vocabulary, what follows is a brief summary.

Academic language is the overriding concept and has the following facets interwoven into it:
·      Vocabulary and word formation includes teaching prefixes, suffixes and roots, tier 1, 2, and 3 words (here is where academic vocabulary comes in), parts of speech, multiple meanings of words and the grammar rules that apply to word formation and usage.
·      Phonological features include the sound patterns and intonation of English.
·      Grammar comprises the correct use, rules, and understanding of the parts of speech, word classes, inflections, increasing word complexity, understanding complex sentence structures and syntax.
·      Discourse entails the ability to use words to organize knowledge and exchange ideas,
·      Cognition encompasses the mental action of thinking, understanding, learning and remembering.
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Happy Teaching! Lori

April 9, 2014

ELD Programs

Hi everyone, 

For the last few Wednesdays I have been blogging about the different programs offered to second language learners.

Today let's look at the descriptions of ESL programs.

According to the Oregon Department of Education - Office of Learning - Equity Unit, ESL Programs are described as:

ESL - is a program of techniques, methodology and special curriculum designed to teach ELL students English  language skills, which may include listening, speaking, reading, writing, study skills, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation.  ESL instruction is in English with little or no use of native language.  This may include "push-in" programs as determined appropriate by the district.

ESL Pullout - is used generally in elementary school settings.  Students spend part of the day in a mainstream classroom, and are "pulled out" for a portion of the day to receive instruction in English as a second langauge (ESL).

ESL Class Period - is generally used in middle schools and high schools where students receive ESL instruction during a regular class period and also receive course credit for the class.  Students may be grouped for instruction according to their English language proficiency level.

Content Based ESL - is an approach to language instruction that integrates the presentation of topics or task from subject matter classes (e.g. math, social studies) within the context of teaching the English language.

There you have it!   


Happy Teaching! 


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