My ESL colleagues at ISManila have created a wonderful chart of Transition / Time Order Words that most ELL teachers will find useful. I have posted here this document for anyone to download (pdf format). I hope you will also like it and use it in your ESL/EFL classes!
Mindfulness, positive psychology and relaxation have been hot topics in the circle of international schools. Personally, I have been experimenting with the role of relaxation music in my ESL class. I found out that elementary students respond positively when I play music in my class and I have been looking for music that supports a […]
Barrier games are very popular among elementary school students. They are used in many subjects including math and art. They also have great potential in a language classroom. With my classes, I regularly review prepositions of location. In the past, I used barrier games that I created myself. Recently, I found a great resource that was […]
During our last faculty meeting, my ESL team shared some scaffolding activities that help English language learners increase understanding of concepts and rich vocabulary of topics that they learn together with their proficient peers in mainstream classes. The language scaffolding activities support the Key Principles # 1 of ELL Instruction published by Stanford University: Key […]
There is a lot of discussion among international educators regarding the characteristics of effective instruction for English Language Learners. It is also a hot topic in our school (ISManila) where we run an inclusive program for English language learners and we strive to ensure that our program reflects the latest findings of ELL research. Therefore, we […]
In my teaching practice, I am always looking for ways to motivate my students to read. I try to ensure that students actively think about what they have read and that they are able to report about it orally and in writing. Unfortunately, I have experienced that writing book reports proves to be challenging for […]
This week, I held a presentation at the Elementary School faculty meeting about Vocabulary Instruction in Grade 4. Our school is currently focusing on improvement of language scaffolding strategies in classes across all grade levels. We look into ways to standardize vocabulary instruction by introducing different vocabulary activities that increase conceptual understanding of the units […]