English as a Second Language

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For ESL teachers to share ideas, tips, and other important ESL stuff.

What are the different ways that you prep for WIDA? I'm having the kids use Flipgrip to practice the speaking portion. Any ideas for good prompts?

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I just got a new student who was placed in 6th grade. However, based on her age and schooling, she should be in 7th. I talked to her and she agrees. Have you ever advocated for a student to be placed in a differnt grade?

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Has anyone else noticed a drop in enrollment of ESL students since the immigration policies have changed?

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We will be starting WIDA ACCESS testing soon. How do you prepare your students?

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If you only had time to teach one Shakespeare play, which would it be and why?

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Most of my students are Spanish-speaking and only want to speak their native language to each other. How do I discourage this, but in a positive way?

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When my students look up a word they don't know, they almost always pick the wrong definition or just pick the first one. How can I teach them how to pick the right meaning?

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Any Apps or websites that work for Spanish Speaking students with no English experience. I have used Duolingo, but I know there must be others out there!

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It feels like starting over with some of my students over break. They admitted that they didn't use or listen to English during their whole break. Imagine how much English they lose in the summer! What can we do?

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I have been charged with leading a PD on ESL strategies for content teachers in the new year. I'm still pretty new and the only ESL teacher at my school. Any tips, resources, ideas about what to include?

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How many students do you have to pull out at one time? What do you think is an optimal number? I think 5-8 is perfect.

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Do any of you have Newcomers being thrown in mainstream classes? We have no Newcomer curriculum and it's setting them up to fail. Suggestions?

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I have a new Chinese student who is terrified to speak, but she does very well in writing. She's been in US schools for over a year. Is this just the silent period?

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Has anyone used IXL for Language Arts? Is it appropriate for ELs?

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Is it worth it to teach ESL students terms like nouns and verbs when they need to learn to speak for communication and just gain vocabulary?

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We have ESL students who speak languages like Mongolian that no one in our school speaks and can translate. How do I communicate with parents? How do I get them to feel more welcome/comfortable?

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So, I have 1 class of SLIFE students (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Ed). What are some good life skills to teach them to help them adapt? A lot of them will be able to work soon.

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I'll be giving the WIDA test for my ESL students for the first time in January. Any tips to prepare them?

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