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5 Common English Learner Mistakes

http://www.engvid.com/ What are the most common grammatical mistakes that new English learners make? It depends on the country, but regardless of where you'r...
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Random idiom flashcards set to learn @ English Slang

Random idiom flashcards set to learn @ English Slang | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it
American idiom 'slip of the tongue' meaning, usage examples, lessons; American idiom 'carry on' meaning, usage examples, lessons; American idiom 'carry off' meaning, usage examples, lessons; American idiom 'carry away' meaning, usage examples,...
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What does Common Core Mean for English Language Learners?

What does Common Core Mean for English Language Learners? | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it
English Language Learners (ELLs), have a challenging, sometimes daunting task ahead of them. They must learn and master rigorous academic content, while also acquiring the English language.

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:00 PM

Strategies to help ELL with common core.

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Promethean Planet | Best of 2013 Teaching & Lea...

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Since posting our Best of 2012 article last year, the number of downloadable teaching resources on site has grown by more than 20,000 resources!
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In this video we see how a teacher creates a classroom community throughout the day while teaching English vocabulary.
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Education Week: English-Language Learners

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Principals' decisions on which grade to place older immigrant English-language learners entering U.S. schools for the first time can impact ELL's math achievement, a study finds.
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Bilingual Writing Groups Encourage Freedom in Creative Writing

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The DC Center for the LGBT community, which provides meeting spaces for addiction and recovery, arts, aging, careers, faith, families, health, military, sports, youth and HIV, also offers the Latino Queer Bilingual Writing Group.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:22 PM

The DC Center for the LGBT community, which provides meeting spaces for addiction and recovery, arts, aging, careers, faith, families, health, military, sports, youth and HIV, also offers the Latino Queer Bilingual Writing Group.

The workshop is a place where individuals can communicate, write and read fluidly, without having to be bogged down by an insistent need to translate or stick to one language. Multi-language leniency encourages freedom and inspires confidence.  The unapologetic construction of sentences that aren't oppressed by a single language, but flourishes in two is powerful. One can benefit from the stylish qualities of the two languages, English and Spanish, exercise word play in a unique way, and capitalize on the gift of being able to communicate and share in two languages.

 
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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | TeachThought

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | TeachThought | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 26, 2013 5:56 PM

The list provides teaching approaches and strategies for deeper learning to take place in any learning environment.

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EdTechTeacher - Free Webinar Archives - Digital / Google / Differentiation / Flipped classroom... and more!


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Peta A Gray's curator insight, November 6, 2013 9:11 PM

Some useful webinars for teaching ideas using Web 2.0 technologies

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5 Great Bilingual Books of 2013: Get Exploring Languages! | Multilingual Living

5 Great Bilingual Books of 2013: Get Exploring Languages! | Multilingual Living | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it
5 top bilingual books from 2013: Add these titles to your bilingual library to help your children learn about the languages and cultures around them!

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, January 8, 2014 10:09 AM

For a fun way to teach your children about different cultures, expose them to books that will give them a greater appreciation for other nationalities. Children will be fascinated by other customs and traditions that children just like themselves experience.

Below is a list of the top 5 bilingual books to invest in to start broadening your child’s world view; whether for travel or a brighter future and a better chance at a great job!

1)  If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway: An Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures, by Carole P. Roman

These pages are chock full of interesting facts that will keep your child engaged. Roman will expose them to facts about months of the year where the sun doesn’t set and the light fills the horizon. Your children will be exposed to common children’s names and terms of endearment for their own parents. Simple facts and customs about Norway will be conveyed in easy to understand language.

2)  My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book, by Michelle Haney Brown and Aya Padron

Brown geared this book toward preschoolers and has a pronunciation chart to help adults teach the sounds to children. The words that are taught are presented in an ABC structured sequence to make it easier for English speaking children to understand and follow. Brown touches on all three Japanese alphabets; Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana.

3)  If You Were Me and Lived in…

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10 Characteristics of Highly Effective EF/SL Teachers | TESOL Connections

10 Characteristics of Highly Effective EF/SL Teachers | TESOL Connections | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it

The question of what makes someone a good teacher is relevant for all teaching contexts, but it is especially important in the field of English as a foreign or second language (EF/SL) where teachers can be hired simply for being a native speaker with a bachelor’s degree.

 

Most people, if asked, would be able to express an opinion on what makes a teacher good or effective. These opinions would be based primarily on their own experiences in the classroom as students (McDonough & Shaw, 1993). When prompted, most people would offer up adjectives like caring, fun, interesting, andflexible.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 8, 2014 8:59 PM

This is a great list to review for professional language teachers. 

What would you add to the list?  

 

I would add 21st century teaching and learning strategies.

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Suzanne Talhouk: Don't kill your language | Video on TED.com

More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But -- what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues?

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 6, 2014 6:58 PM

Multilingual students refer back to the L1 for scaffolding , (Code switching) meanings and understanding. This strategy should be encouraged, not discouraged because language learning is a socio-cultural lifelong  learning experience...

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

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"Change your language and you change your thoughts." -- Karl Albrecht

Understanding Academic Language

Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 7, 2014 9:01 PM

This  article has excellent teaching and learning strategies for the 21st century language learners.

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EnglishCentral.com

EnglishCentral allows you to take a course and speak and learn English online with a speech recognition system, vocabulary and pronunciation tools.
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Frontloading for English Language Learners

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Explore a classroom full of English Language Learners (ELL). This lesson is for teaching vocabulary to Pre K ELL students. Using pre-teaching methods and movement to introduce new words, students become more engaged with the lesson.

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Grammar Group for English Language Learners

Grammar Group for English Language Learners | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it
If you want to practice writing English and English grammar, this is the group for you. In a relaxed setting, meet weekly with other multi-lingual adults and an English-speaking coordinator.
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10 Colleges With the Highest Percentage of Stud...

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The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in...
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“Simon's Cat” Videos Are Perfect For English Language Learners ...

“Simon's Cat” Videos Are Perfect For English Language Learners ... | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it
As regular readers know, I'm a big fan of using short video clips with English Language Learners as a language-development activity (you can read more at The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use ...
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Children Learning English Affectively: Playing Games with Young Language Learners

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9 Reasons Why Games with Adult Learners are a Must

9 Reasons Why Games with Adult Learners are a Must | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it

And whoever told you that your adult learners feel games were childish and patronizing is misinformed.

 

It is true that adult learners are more motivated to learn English whatever the reason. It could be they need English for immigration purposes, employment or further education, but it doesn’t mean that their time in an English language learning environment should be staid, boring and only following the paths of more traditional methods of teaching.

 

Yes, it is also true that adult learners have more inhibitions than younger learners, often having the fear of making fools out themselves in front of their peers, however, if the trainer finds adult appropriate games that are not ‘silly’ and have some relevance to their learning then you’ll see after a little warming up, your adult learners will literally transform.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 29, 2013 6:21 PM

Games are a major part of putting "fun" into English learning. I use them to supplement the learning strategies and process.

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Differentiating with Learning Menus

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Get a look at one way to teach using differentiating instruction. Here Ms. Vagenas uses a learning menu to help middle schoolers learn about social studies. This differentiating instruction idea can be used to teach a variety of topics and subjects.
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NSBA webinar to explore Common Core challenges for English ...

NSBA webinar to explore Common Core challenges for English language learners. Join Patte Barth, executive director of NSBA's Center for Public Education, and Rosa Aronson, executive director of Teachers of English to ...
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Common Core presents challenges - and rewards - to English Language Learners

Original article in The Atlantic by Pat Wingert COMPTON, CALIFORNIA—Remarkable things are happening at Laurel Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. Ninety percent of its 580 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.


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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 8, 2014 9:34 AM

Read the full article over at http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/the-common-core-is-tough-on-kids-who-are-still-learning-english/282712/ and consider the implications. Laurel St. ES is a good example of the type of changes needed to accodate language learners as we move to the Core.

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Massive Open Online Course Helps English Language Learners Improve Writing Skills

Massive Open Online Course Helps English Language Learners Improve Writing Skills | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it

International students connect the United States with the world.  We want international students to be successful in their fields of study and to gain a rich understanding of America.  Learning the intricacies of written English increases students’ chances of success in science, business, technology and much of higher education -- global fields where English has become dominant.

 

See more at: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2014/01/06/massive-open-online-course-helps-english-language-learners-improve-writing-skills#sthash.vZBvkbEv.dpuf


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 7, 2014 9:16 PM

I highly recommend this world class resource to aid in technical English writing. This requires a blending learning approach to assist the expected learners outcomes.

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TESOLacademic.org | Linking Theory and Practice

TESOLacademic.org | Linking Theory and Practice | Serving ELLs | Scoop.it

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) academic is uniquely placed at the interface of theory informed practice and practice informed theory in English Language Teaching (ELT).We are an independent knowledge dissemination and discussion organisation which links the work of academics and materials writers to applied linguistics students, teachers, trainers, trainees, decision-makers and other researchers.

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