As a teacher at an International School, many of my students are English Language Learners. Even my native English speakers are living in a non-English speaking country. Due to my unique teaching position, I have had some readers ask for tips on teaching English Language Learners. Here is this week’s Tuesday TESOL Teaching Tip:
TESOL Teaching Tip #48 - Go back to basics
I teach intermediate grades – 2nd through 5th (Year 3 – Year 6), so I don’t generally teach the alphabet or letter sounds, beyond long vowel patterns and dipthongs. However, every time I have a first year ESL student, I make sure to take the time to go back to basics. By first year ESL student, I mean a student who is spending their first year in academic English. Some of these students only need to identify the letters that make different sounds in English than they do in their home languages. For example J says “y” in Spanish and U says “ooo” in French.
While it is time consuming to do this at this time of the year, I know that I am building a solid base for my students now, that they will stand on firmly in all of their years of reading English in the future.
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