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The ELL Classroom

Page history last edited by Mike King 8 years, 11 months ago

ELL Presentation Wednesday, August 17th


ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)

The ESOL Standards document is composed of the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Within each domain are five to six clusters, or groups of related standards. Clusters are indicated within the document with a basic identification label such as ―vocabulary‖, ―grammar‖, ―strategies‖, or ―comprehension of informational and literary texts.‖ The labels for the clusters appear in bold face in the Overview of Curricular Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages. Within each cluster are one to eight standards - what students should be able to do with the language.


Accessing Students' Background Knowledge in the ELL Classroom

By: Kristina Robertson (2008)

As you teach content areas to ELLs of diverse backgrounds, you may find that they struggle to grasp the content, and that they approach the content from very different perspectives. Drawing on your students' background knowledge and experiences can be an effective way to bridge those gaps and make content more accessible. This article offers a number of suggestions to classroom teachers as they find ways to tap into the background knowledge that students bring with them.


Hidden Family Resources

By: Luis Moll

ELLs of diverse backgrounds may struggle to grasp content and may approach the content from very different perspectives. Drawing on your students' background knowledge and experiences, can be an effective way to bridge gaps and to make the content more accessible. This article offers a number of suggestions to classroom teachers as they find ways to tap into the background knowledge that students bring with them.


Funds of Knowledge:

By: Michael Genzuk, PhD

A Look at Luis Moll's Research Into Hidden Family Resources


Tapping Into Community Funds of Knowledge

By: Michael Genzuk, PhD


How to Incorporate Funds of Knowledge Into Instruction

By Gilbert Manda

A fund of knowledge is knowledge and skills derived from a family and cultural background. The concept is based on the premise that knowledge is cumulative and culturally developed. This accrued knowledge is essential for survival. Such knowledge is validated when it becomes part of instructions in a classroom. To accomplish this, the teacher has to explore the heritage of the children he teaches.


A Guide to Culture in the Classroom

Questions to ask about culture (Adapted from SavilleTroike’s book: A Guide to Culture in the Classroom


Center for Applied Linguistics


 

 

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