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Hello there,

I have a Japanese student this year. Other than an English to Japanese picture dictionary, I do not have any other resources specific to this student. I am asking for help to find print resources, on-line sites and resources, and guidance for this student. The family will return to Japan in April or May so I know we will not have a long term plan but I want to put something in place.

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Are you an ELL teacher-specialist or the classroom teacher for this student? Do you have any experience with a non-English speaking student?

I'm assuming classroom teacher with little to no previous experience with an English Language Learner. The dictionary will serve for basic communications, you might want to pull out pictures and create a sheet with pictures of a basic school activities or take pictures of locations and activities around your school and create a reference sheet. Be sure to name the locations/activities orally when you point to them.

In general, students immersed in a foreign language go through a silent period as they try to figure out where one word starts and the next begins in the new language. Over time they start to use basic labels, then start stringing words into sentences.

You might want to look at these sites
Colorin Colorado http://www.colorincolorado.org /
It's primarily aimed at Spanish to English learners, but the activities and information apply to all English Language Learners. They have a teacher support area.

http://genkienglish.net/about.htm
this site has English lessons designed by teachers in Japan, you might want to explore some of its supports and activities.

For full blown support for ELLs you might want to check out the various Making Content Comprehensible. books.
http://siop.pearson.com/books-resources/index.html
They have books aimed specifically at elementary or secondary.

This website
http://www.cal.org/siop/
is from the original developers whose work melded into the Pearson publications. They have some supports and free info on this site.

There is a ton of support info for teachers on the web. THE professional organization is Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
http://www.tesol.org
CATESOL is for those in California and Nevada, you might check for branches in your state, but check CATESOL for nitty gritty info as well.

I hope you and your students have a great year.
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I was in Japan for three weeks last year. There is a festival of some sort every month, so it might be interesting for your other students to learn about them. My students also enjoyed learning Japanese games. In the schools I visited, they didn't have English classes until 5th grade. I downloaded some apps that teach basic phrases and one that writes your name as a kanji. Japanese can often be shy and afraid of making mistakes, so I was thinking of ways to make him/her feel comfortable.
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Thank you!
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Thank you so much for the websites! I will certainly take a look at them. Have a great year!
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