Thursday, December 12, 2013

I Have, You Have: EAL Games

Looking for an activity to reinforce learning of some common past tense verbs for my beginner group, I came across this Blog linked on the main TESOL website,  and was reminded of a game I have not used for awhile: so many resources, they come and go and easily forgotten unless revisited.

This one is simple, easy to make and adaptable for all learning situations and ages.  I saw it being used for times table:

I have 12, who has 3 x 6?
I have 18, who has 4X5?
I have 20, who had 2 X8? etc

For past tense practice I use the following structure:

I have swam who has the past tense form of sleep?
I have slept, who has the past tense form of kick?
I have kicked, who has the past tense form of sing? etc

Sample template here to create your own.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

EALToolKit For All Teachers

This simple and comprehensive  'toolkit' contains 50 practical strategies and advice for helping you as a teacher facilitate the  learning of EAL children in the classrooms.

A 'must -have' for all EAL support staff when asked by classroom teachers what they can do with the EAL children in their class.

Found here from the TES website :  EAL Toolkit

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How Many Hours Does It Take to Learn English?

This article here from the BBC looks at how long it can take immigrants to the Uk to learn 'fluent' English.

Figures from this article say that  '726,000 people in England and Wales said they could not speak English well, and another 138,000 said they did not speak it at all.'

Factors impacting the time to learn English are quoted as:

  • Age of the individual
  • Number of languages already spoken
  • Literacy and education in mother tongue
  • Exposure and interaction with native English speakers
  • Access to classes

Monday, July 1, 2013

News in Levels - Great site for English Learners

News in Levels - Great Early Morning Starter

This website has news articles supported with a choice of three different levels of text; each level has increasingly difficult structure and vocabulary.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for highlighting this great resource.

Ideal for an early morning starter, with children asked to access the site with buit in differentiation and then coming together for a class discussion before starting the day. The news articles are also supported by videos and audio.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Supporting Parents to Support their Children

We recently held a Spanish Language coffee morning at school. The purpose?  To provide an opportunity for the parents to come together and collaborate on ways to maintain their children's mother tongue (in this case Spanish) whilst attending an English-medium International School.

The group was diverse, with 12 different nationalities represented in the room,  but one common thread  kept repeating and that was how difficult the job is as a parent to maintain the mother tongue outside of the home country

Starting ideas from the group included organizing a social event BBQ to bring all the families together so the children could see a common language culture they all belong to in the school, after-school lessons and purchasing some more spanish-lanaguage books for the library.

Thinking about  this group, I like this website for some practical tips for parents rasising bilungual children outisde of their home country.

Multilingual Children's Association

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Teaching Communication Skills in the Context of Internationalism


An important aspect of Internationalism is of course communication and as EAL teachers this can often be the focus of our lesson plan. As such, it is important o remember that communication is indeed a two-way process and equal weighting should be given to teaching children the skills of both listening and responding. Developing a sense of ‘other’ is fundamental to understanding Internationalism. With the very young, and still egocentric, children this can be done simply by asking them what they thought of their friend’s response, how did it make them feel, do they agree? The IPC emphasizes that when teaching communication skills time must be given to all of the areas of telling, persuading, discussing and deciding. Communicating effectively is an essential disposition that all children need to leave school with. For EAL learners it is important that they are taught the sense of ‘other’ as part of their language skills and learn to modify their language in response to their audience. Being a communicator who responds to both the implicit and explicit views of their audience is someone truly with the disposition to develop Internationalism. 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Hall of Fame