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Old 08-15-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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I have a new student in my class and we have no ESL teacher in the building. She speaks Spanish with a minimal amount of English. I had 2 years in HS 30 years ago. School starts in 2 days and I would appreciate any help or suggestions on how to get started with this student.


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What grade? Here are some tips...
-put her seat in the front, close to you
-sit her next to a supportive student, hopefully one who can speak Spanish
-she will be relying heavily on visuals to understand
-give her a spanish/English dictionary and show her how to use it
-simplify your language
-repeat important information
-find someone in the building who can translate important paperwork for parents (if needed)
-let her write in her native language at the beginning of the year
-reduce the amout of language you use with her
-modify her home work and assessments to fit what she is capable of doing
-assess her on what she is capable of doing/ not to what the rest of the class is doing


One thing I plan on doing this year is making mini offices for my beginning ELLs to support them while they are working at their seat. I found some at
http://www.teachingheart.net/minioffice.html

She will probably be going through a "silent period," that's to be expected. She'll be trying to make sense of everything and will be very tired by the end of the day. If you have any questions as you go along, I'd be happy to give you my thoughts. It'll be great. You'll be amazed a how much she progresses this year
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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The first thing she needs to know is how to ask permission to use the restroom, get a drink, sharpen a pencil, etc. You may want to develop cue cards with little stick figure drawings on them that she can use while she's learning how to say the phrases.

Instruction-wise, use lots of visuals and allow for plenty of group work/partner discussion so your ELL feels more comfortable speaking. Find out if she has been to school anywhere before so you'll know if she should have any background knowledge in math, language arts, etc. to build upon. I agree with finding a supportive student who speaks Spanish if you can. That student should not translate everything, but might be able to help if she gets stuck.

Good luck!
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