Some California institutions are helping people learn English as a second language by teaching hip-hop and slang terms.
Mardi Sansone's insight:
I could honestly say this article is unlike anything I’ve read before. This article spoke about teaching ESOL students slang and hip-hop in order to make them feel more part of today’s modern society. This lesson plan using the rap song “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A helped students understand the way English speakers change words such as, ‘out of’ to ‘outta.’ Strictly being inside a standard ESOL classroom would not teach these students these natural adaptations of English speakers. One student said, “My conversation is more academic, or more like an essay. I need to be more, like, American.” This is so accurate. ESOL students need to be able to have proper English speaking skills, but also have to be able to speak to their peers and not be judged like an outsider. I’ve never heard of a course like this being taught, but I think it could be a very effective teaching method to students. Slang is constantly used everywhere in the United States, these students need to be well experienced in all aspects of the English language. I think that incorporating things like this and the RSVP article I scooped, could be more beneficial to ESOL students.
TESOL President Deena Boraie shares eight current trends in teaching EFL/ESL, which shed some light on the direction of the profession.
Mardi Sansone's insight:
There are currently about eight teaching trends in teaching and learning ESL. First is to change the goal of teaching English, this means that students should aspire to focus on English as a means of communication, not as a way to learn new native language because they already have one. Students should also be taught English early, before grade school, the longer they are familiar with English the easier it is to completely learn and engage with it. It is also important to teach the culture of the students so they do not feel disconnected. In addition to integrating culture into lesson plans an ESL teacher should try to incorporate new technologies in their lessons, there are hundreds of apps that could help learn a new language and this could be beneficially in the classroom. Most importantly, every student is different and a teacher must cater to these different learning needs. I think one of the most important things about teaching is to know your students and how they learn. For ESOL students especially, teachers must fully understand how their students learn and be able to cater to these needs.
Are you someone who likes to talk? Do you have the gift of gab?
Mardi Sansone's insight:
I thought this article was particularly interesting. The Retired and Senior volunteer Program of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties at Triton College have asked volunteers ages 55 and older to participate in an activity for ESL students. They asked the volunteers to be talkative so the students could practice their conversational English-speaking skills. They asked the volunteers to meet with the students once a week on the Triton campus or library. There are no requirements it is just simple conversations in English. I think this is a great idea for ESL students. It is important for ESL students to not only learn English, but also be able to apply what they are learning. By having this program of volunteers having weekly conversations with the ESL students it will help them build on their language development. It is important for ESL students to work with people outside the classroom and outside their homes so they could apply what they are learning and have an outside perspective on their development.
Useful suggestions on how teachers can support ESOL students.
Mardi Sansone's insight:
Teaching ESOL is not an easy task for any teacher. It is important to have basic skills and tricks for each student to make sure what they are teaching their students is getting across to their students. First and foremost a teacher must know their students and understanding the language level they are on is most important. Moreover, a teacher must set targets for their students and the students must be aware of these targets so they have motivation and something to look forward too. An ESOL teacher must also make sure their students are not discouraged if they are not catching on quickly. If this happens a teacher must make sure they have the right materials to help their students learn sufficiently. Students can tell when they are not doing well at what they are supposed too. Especially when it is something like learning to succeed at a new or unfamiliar language. These tips could be very helpful to teachers if they are struggling with students in ESOL. Teachers must realize how frustrating it must be to students learning an unfamiliar language. ESOL teachers must have a lot of patience in order to help their students be successful. ESOL teachers must be able to make connections to a student’s original language and English in order to help them completely. Most importantly teachers must realize all students learn differently so they should have different types of lesson plans based on the same concepts.
This article is about three students who published their own books through the American Reading Company. This is incredible! They wrote nonfiction books on whatever they wanted based on their ESOL program. These books won them an award from the American Reading Company. I think it is amazing that these students received such astonishing recognition, but what was more impressive was that they were judged on the same criteria as all the other students, even though English was not their first language. Sometimes the education students will use different criteria’s based on certain students like, students with special needs or ESOL students. The fact that the American Reading Company chose to use the same criteria on the ESOL students as all the other students was a good change from the norm. This is fair for the ESOL students because they should be treated like every other student in the competition. Every student learns differently and is judged on the same scale, so why shouldn’t ESOL students be treated the same way. I think it is important that all students are taught the way that works best for them and treated equally and fairly by all educators.
This video is about top down and bottom up strategies that ESL teachers can use to help their students learn how to read Basic English. These strategies should be put together to become “interactive reading,” students need to do this to form effective reading strategies. The top down strategy is guessing words and phrases based on personal experiences. This is good for ESL students because they can use information and experiences they already know in their native language and apply these same concepts and ideas to English. The bottom up strategy is taking individual letters and seeing how the word is formed based on putting these letters together. This could be good to relate to the student’s native language because of cognates. By applying these different strategies the students would be able explain how they form words and why these words are formed the way they are. It is important for ESL students to be able to confidently read and speak English. ESL students need different type of strategies to learn how to read English. It is important for teachers to realize that all of their students learn differently and teachers have to be able to recognize what will work best for their students. It is important for the students to be able to connect the English words to the words in their native language. By using the bottom up and top down strategies students will be able to make this connection.
About The ESL Academy The ESL Academy is a division of Computer Systems Institute (CSI), a private college, founded in 1989 to serve students (You have a DREAM - Learning to speak #English as a second language / Study #abroad in the States -
Mardi Sansone's insight:
This article is about an ESL Academy that is a division of Computer Systems Institute, that provides an effective ESL program for hundreds of students. There are three campuses in Illinois and two campuses in Massachusetts. The ESL program helps students with writing, communication, and literature. The goals of the academy is to provide superior and affordable training by offering, highly-trained educators who exceed teaching standards, quality and practical education environments, supporting services to aid students with cultural adaptations, and have a student-focuses learning environment that encourages channels of communication between students and staff members. I think the most important thing the ESL Academy implement is a student based learning environment. It is essential that the learning revolves around the students rather than state standards and what the curriculum says.
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