Help....any suggestions?

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Help....any suggestions?

Unread post by muumuu » Sun Jul 08, 2007 5:30 am

Hi all...

I'm teaching a non-ESL Middle School English summer class but have one ESL student. When I say ESL, I mean the student came to America around three months ago. I don't know what to do. I want to be able to enrich my non-ESL students in English AND help the ESL student learn enough of the basics. However, I can't seem to think of a way to do this within the given time slot and in an effective manner.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
PLEASE help! Thank you!

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Unread post by Shelley » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:07 am


You would have a huge challenge on your hands if you felt it your duty to lift the ESL student to the same level as the others during a shared lesson. I am not partisan to dumbing down education to the lowest level in class!!

The ESL student hopefully will be having extra private lessons to help him or her along. In the meantime I would concentrate on the majority and teach the subject in hand. Hopefully the non-ESL student will pick something up through immersion. If the level of the class is way too high then you could allow the non-ESL student to do some worksheets and basic reading more suitable to his or her level during class, even if this is not related to what you are teaching.

If you have any time in class when the main group do not need your full attention (pair work, writing...), then you can spend some timem with the non-ESL student.

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