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Old 02-04-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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I am desperate! I am an 8th grade special education teacher, however I recently agreed to teach a science esl class to five students who literally don't speak a word of english! They have to take the 8th grade state assessment in a few months! Also, one of them hasn't even been in school since 2nd grade. I don't even know where to start! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!



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I'd try to do as many hands on activities as I could. They will be able to learn by seeing and doing, which isn't always dependent on language.

And really focus on vocabulary that they'll use again and again.

As far as the test, see if you can get someone to read the test to them. But I wouldn't worry too much about the test. It's just a test...
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I agree with Becca! Hands on activities are good and so are pictures! Start with your state's testing website to find out what topics, etc. that you need to cover.There are lots of good websites out there that are very helpful with ESL. Google the topic, grade level, and esl.
Mes-english is a good one for flashcards and worksheets.
I also like bogglesworldesl.
Colorincolorado has a lot of good advice for teaching ESL.
National Geographic and brainpop are good also.
Youtube has videos for ESL beginners.
Google worksheets/materials for science in the students' home language. Use that to help them ease into learning the English vocabulary, etc. It helps them make connections.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
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