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From: Writerblk9@aol.com
Date: Mon Oct 08 2001 - 00:40:35 EDT

  • Next message: Heather R. Norris: "[Teacher-TalkNovel] Units"

            Many of the students whose first language isn't English are able to
    learn the speech patterns long before they learn the written language. The
    first thing that you have to do when working with ESOL students is find out
    what they do know. Once you have figured that out then you can begin to work
    on teaching them new words and grammar skills. I worked with an ESOL student
    last semester and she was very fluent in the spoken language but had
    difficulty with reading and writing. What I realized while working with her
    was that she could read and understand English very well, but she needed time
    to translate what she was reading into spanish absorb what she read and then
    translate the ideas and concepts back into English to respond to them in
    speech or writing. This is a very drawn out process for students and they may
    need extra time to complete work for this reason. Once I caught on that this
    is what was happening to my student I slowed down the pace of the reading and
    gave her time to translate back and forth. After a few weeks she was able to
    speed up the process and her reading and writing improved as did her
    comprehension. I agree Glenda that this process does require immersion in the
    English language but you might find English stories that focus on the
    students native culture to help gain their cooperation in the learning


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