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Old 02-22-2014, 07:38 PM
 
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Hi, I am a first year general education teacher (2nd grade) who is ESL certified. The population of ESL students in our district is too large to have designated ESL classes, so all general education teachers in our district have to be ESL certified (mandatory). I have 6 ESL students in my class, but they have been in U.S. schools for at least a couple years so only need minor accommodations.

Yesterday, I got a new student who is new to the country and has never been in U.S. schools. I am not sure if he went to a school that taught English in his country, but he seems to know most of the letters at least. I know about using a lot of visuals, gestures etc. However, I need some tips about independent work time. We are required to meet with math and reading groups every day while students do independent work so I cannot be next to this child all day. What should he be doing when all of the other students are doing independent work? I have no other student in my class who speaks the same language as this new student and I am worried that he will just sit there the entire time while everyone else does their work because he does not understand how to read/write English or what to do. Grading this student will also be very difficult, but that is something I will have to ask my specialists about. I would really appreciate any tips on the independent work or any other tips for newcomers!


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There is some information on Colorin Colorado's website about newcomers and about assessments. I'd start there. Do you have a HELP manual? I no longer have one, but one of the districts I have taught in had them; I found them somewhat helpful, too.
Some suggestions I remember: have the student use language learning apps or software programs, provide a set of picture/word cards - student can match them up and if able to, can write what they know, pair the student with a buddy who is responsible enough to practice vocabulary and language structures with the new student, maybe even a different buddy every day to help build relationships. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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Do you have access to any technology? There are some great iPad apps that he can do independently. (Just make sure you can trust him. I've got a newcomer who is very, very good at finding cartoons on YouTube. ) http://sentenceframes.com/talk/iPads.html Google Translate is also invaluable, if you don't have anyone around who can easily communicate with him.

If you don't have an iPad but do have a computer he could use, a lot of those are available as websites, too. A lot of the early literacy tools primary teachers use, like Starfall, etc., will be good for a newcomer, too.
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Seeing as he already knows his letter sounds, I would move on to learning sight words. Get a list of kindergarten sight words and see which ones he needs to learn. Then, choose between 5 and 10 words and create a word ring for him to practice during times when he needs to work independently. He can read these with a friend or he can practice writing them on a dry erase board or writing sentences. I would also make sure you make time to meet with him one-on-one to provide him with vocabulary he will need in English. Some units you may want to do include: school, family and friends, all about me, my community, clothes, weather and seasons, the calendar, etc. You can get visuals and have him either keep a journal to record the words he is learning or make another word ring. Also, if you look online you can find a lot of activities for different newcomer units. Also, talk to someone about getting some first grade materials so that he has some appropriate reading material on his level. I work with newcomers all day long so if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask!
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:22 AM
 
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Label everything
Assign a buddy to "check on" the student
Always give examples or do one first of any exercise or task
The iPad is a great suggestion - there are many apps that are both free and effective
I suggest using itranslate over google as Google allows users to "contribute" -read:change- acceptable translations. It is now an unreliable mess.
Use independent work that is skill based with a low language load. I'm in a middle school setting, so I have no idea what happens in second but math fact sheets might be a good idea. Reading to a friend is another. Listening to a good reader who can act as a role model is also good. Handwriting work is good if the language system is different (such as English-Arabic). Tangible vocabulary builders - give labeled pictures, practice vocabulary, give words, have student match on paper or find and label around school or classroom


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