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Ideas for student who doesn't speak any english
Old 08-26-2016, 09:33 AM
 
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Hello, just found out I'm going to have a student who speaks only Chinese. If it was Spanish, I'd be okay, but Chinese is a language I know nothing about. I've already downloaded a translating app, but any other ideas out there? We are a 1:1 school, so that might help. Thanks in advance!!!


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I had kids come in speaking zero English, only Arabic. I made picture cards with emergency things like bathroom, nurse, and the schedule of what we were doing. With Google Translate you can also translate the Chinese word so they know (warning: don't use Google translate to send notes home. It translates the words, but not grammar so you get a jumbled mass of words that make no sense).

I also labeled common nouns around the room (i.e.: desk, computer, door, etc).

Also, our ESL specialist said NOT to start with letters and sounds but to start with common nouns. So, I bough the common noun pack from the teacher store and introduced 5/week (cat, dog, car, bus, etc) and added as we went.

You'll be amazed at how quickly they pick up on things. I had (have) kids come in speaking zero English and walk out amazingly fluent. It's amazing and so fun to watch.
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Any suggestions on finding translations for a student that speaks Haitian - no English?
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I had another teacher tell me...
Old 08-28-2016, 05:04 PM
 
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to give the student a pack of blank index cars. When he or she finds something that he or she wants to know how to say, have the student draw a picture or write the word using Chinese characters, then help write the English on the other side.
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They now have English-Creole dictionary

Word to word dictionary
by Fequire Vilsaint & Jean Evens Berret


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I'd also pair the student with a responsible classmate (or you could find 5 and assign each a day of the week to be the partner for the ESL student). The partner then makes sure that the kid has someone to sit with at lunch, finds the right notebook, gets out the right supplies, etc. Depending on your grade, there are always kids who love being a teacher's helper like that.

Also, you can do a lot with gestures. I taught overseas one year where the kids spoke very very little English and I barely knew any words of their language. My job was teaching English and I gestured and used my hands to demo as much as possible as I said the words. So "Open your English textbook to page 12" became:

Open (mime opening a book with your hands)
your English textbook (hold up the correct book)
to page 12 (write 12 on the board and point).

and "We are going outside to recess" became:

We (do an all inclusive hand gesture encompassing the whole class)
are going outside (point out the window)
to recess (do a running motion)
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:47 AM
 
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Thanks for all the great ideas! After one week, he's picked up on quite a bit!
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