Accommodating esl students classroom
Partnering English learners with strong English speakers benefits both.It may be particularly beneficial to pair English learners with bilingual students who can translate laboratory and activity procedures.Use charts, graphs and figures – Scatter and line graphs (20.4), column and bar charts (20.5), pie and area graphs (20.5), and high-low, combination and log plots (20.7) can communicate concepts with minimal use of spoken or written language.The layout of such visual aids should be clear and uncluttered.Emphasize visual literacy - It is often said that math and music are universal languages –ones that can be read regardless of one’s primary language.Although these claims are debatable, it is clear that an English-speaking student can read and understand an equation in a Swahili textbook, and a Greek musician can play a score drafted by a Japanese composer.Projects use a variety of skills that work together to increase understanding and retention.Partner English learners with strong English speakers – The best way to learn something is to teach it.
Conceptual grids (9.1), Venn diagrams (9.2), flow charts (9.3), mind maps (9.4), and concept maps (9.5) are some of the more common graphic organizers.
Speak slowly, distinctly, and write down key terms – Anyone who has learned a foreign language in class, then traveled to a country where the language is spoken, has noticed that it is difficult to understand natives because they seem to “talk too fast”.
What seems normal speed to a native speaker is extremely fast to a language learner or to a student with a hearing impairment.
Manual video control – Science videos often introduce a variety of new terms and concepts, most of which even native speakers never remember. Use the bookmark and video clip features to return to precise sequences for review (16.5.4).
Use the step-frame, slow motion, and replay features to focus student attention on key concepts.
In this section we reference ELL strategies and activities that are found throughout this book.