March 10, 2020

๐ŸŒป What to do when a student is using masking techniques!





Recently a classroom teacher asked me about tips or suggestions I had for English Language Learners that have developed masking techniques to cover their lack of oral language understanding during lessons.
Do you have students that use masking techniques when they  do not understand something.  Students often  use words like 'got it,  ‘right’, or 'okay' to exemplify their quick attempt to show they understand (whether or not they truly do).  The avoidance of class work typically goes hand in hand with not understanding exactly what they are to do.
 Here are my suggestions:
  • ๐ŸŒป     Keep instructions to one or two step directions
  • ๐ŸŒป     Have students repeat to you what they are supposed to do
  •  ๐ŸŒป  Pre-teach when possible 
  •  ๐ŸŒป  Make assignments and instructions as visual as possible
  •  ๐ŸŒป    Build in group work when possible
  •  ๐ŸŒป   Scaffold
  •   ๐ŸŒป  Use sentence frames
  •   ๐ŸŒป  Look at the language in the assignments and check for the language that confuses second language learners:
                   ๐Ÿ’ฅ  Idioms – a frog in my throat
                 ๐Ÿ’ฅ  Prepositional phrases - Common prepositional phrase            examples include about, after, at, before, behind, by, during, for, from, in, of, over, past, to, under, up, and with... examples:    Check in, check out, check over, check out, etc.

Happy Teaching,




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