May 26, 2015

Tuesday Tongue Twisters

Hello everyone,

It is time again for Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!  Pronunciation can be a
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challenge for second language learners.  A fun lesson to increase accuracy is to practice an assortment of tongue twisters.  Tongue Twisters lower the affective filter of English language learners and kids of all ages love to practice the sing-songy fun of a great tongue twisters.

Easy: 
  • Inchworms itching
  • Rubber baby buggy bumpers
Medium:
  • Green glass globes glow greenly
  • Toyboat, toyboat, toyboat, toyboat

Hard:
  •  Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    A woodchuck would chuck  as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood!
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What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?
 

Happy Teaching!

May 14, 2015

What do they mean?


Hi everyone,
Happy Thursday!  Many teachers ask what the definition is of many of the words we use in English Language Development (ELD).  Here are the definitions of a few I would like to share with you today.  What are some of the words you get asked about or words you want defined?
Happy Teaching,




Academic Language:  Formal language that is usually found in assessments and text books.  It is the part of language associated with literacy and uses precise and specific vocabulary and technical terms.

Academic Words:  Words specific to a particular content or concept.They are the words a student must understand in order to access the curriculum of a certain academic content area.

BICS:  Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills

CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

Cognates: Words in different languages related to each other by the same root.

Descriptors:  Broad categories of behaviors that students can demonstrate when they have met a standard.

False Cognates:  Words from different languages that sound alike and are similar in form but are unrelated in meaning.

Fluency:  The ease of comprehension in listening and reading and production speaking and writing.

Forms: Building blocks of language

Functions:  the reason to communicate


May 5, 2015

Tuesday Tongue Twisters

Hello everyone,

It is time again for Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!  Pronunciation can be a
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challenge for second language learners.  A fun lesson to increase accuracy is to practice an assortment of tongue twisters.  Tongue Twisters lower the affective filter of English language learners and kids of all ages love to practice the sing-songy fun of a great tongue twisters.

Easy:
  • Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
  • Fat frogs flying past fast.
Medium:
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
  • Kitty caught the kitten in the kitchen.

Hard:
  • One-one was a race horse.   Two-two was one too.  One-one won one race.  Two-two won one too.
  • Betty better butter Brad's bead.
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Tongue twisters are fun and engaging for young English learners.  They are also culturally significant and native speakers of English are always willing to join in the fun of this challenging practice.




Click here to download our freebie sample of Tongue Twisters!

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Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Made Fun!  This 48-page pronunciation unit has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation necessary to be academically successful in English. Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun contains 30 traditional tongue twisters to help elementary students master English pronunciation!  Wall posters and game cards are provided for your students to practice the sounds of English with these engaging tongue twisters.   In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. This unit is ready to go to work for you! Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation including black lines for the 30 traditional tongue twisters as wall posters, game/mobile cards and game boards Each of the 30 tongue twisters has its own wall poster and game card.  Practice English pronunciation with fun activities and game boards.  •WORD WALL CARDS •GAME BOARDS •GAME CARDS  Each tongue twister is printed on an individual wall poster (8 x 11 ½) and game/flash card. Simply copy, cut, and use.  Use this great English pronunciation package for kindergarten through 6th graders.  Perfect for second language learners and speech students!  See all our great math and grammar games at www.funtoteach.com.


What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?
 

Happy Teaching!

May 4, 2015

The Art of Teaching Second Langauge Learners!


Hello everyone!


I can't believe it is Spring already!  Summer is just a round the corner and a great time to reflect on the craft we preform as ELD teachers!  Read on...




The 4 D's: Demographics/Definitions/Decrees/Development

Demographics: Did you know that English language learners (ELLs) comprise approximately 21% of the students in the United States? That's over 11.2 million students! (IES National Center for education Statistics).  According to NEA, More than 60 percent of English language learners are in six states: Arizona, California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois.
Definitions: Although each state creates its own exact definition, the federal government gives us this general definition: An ELL is a student who comes from a language background other than English and whose limited comprehension of English is sufficient to create academic difficulties.  The Office of Civil Rights says:  ELL: English language learner. A national-origin-minority student who is limited-English-proficient. This term is often preferred over limited-English-proficient (LEP) as it highlights accomplishments rather than deficits.



Decrees:  According to NCLB ELLs must meet two criteria: 1) learn English and 2) meet grade level content requirements.



Development: It takes two to tango! Classroom teachers are responsible for the content learning of their ELLs. English Language Development teachers are responsible for English proficiency. More specifically, ELD teaches the English that students need to be successful in schools but will not learn during the rest of their school day.



Here are some tried and true strategies from both the content teacher's and the ELD teacher's point of view:





Student Interaction: Kids need to talk!



Content teacher: Provide authentic opportunities for your student to express their learning.



ELD teacher: Provide structured language practice that practices specific structures in English.





The 4 Modalities: reading, writing, listening and speaking.



Content teacher: Reading and writing provide the bulk of instruction with speaking is the culminating event: a speech or presentation



ELD teacher: Speaking provides the bulk of instruction with writing is usually the culminating event.







Classification: Our brains are pattern seekers.



Content teacher: Graphic organizers are the best of the best practices. Use them as often as you can!





ELD teacher:  Organize your instruction by function, form, and classes (vehicles, bathroom vocabulary, prepositions).  When the classification is built in students have a framework for the new vocabulary and grammar structures.







Routine:   Create a learning environment.  Students are ready to learn when they know the schedule.



Content teacher: Be predictable!  Set a schedule and stick to it.  Teach routines and procedures.





ELD teacher:  With routines and procedures well rehearsed your students will be ready to learn and you will make the most from your precious ELD time.







Visuals and Manipulatives:  Concrete and image based teaching makes the content accessible to ELLs.



Content teacher: Use math manipulative materials, word walls with pictures, real objects (realia), provide pictorial cues along with word cues, graphics, maps, photos, word banks,



ELD teacher: Make it visual.  Oral language development and visuals go hand and hand.







Native Language:  Use native language when possible.



Content teacher: Partner same language students to help with translation, send homework in the native language when possible to connect school and home.



ELD teacher: Cognates, cognates, cognates.  Also see which idioms occur in both English and the students’ native language.







Educating English Language Learners is a team effort.  When the classroom teacher and the ELD teacher collaborate great things happen.



Happy Teaching!


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