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Week 4: What helps your students to participate fully in school life and wider society?

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

    After a very busy few weeks our community has taken a bit of a rest.


I shared a link to the new Code of Practice for International Students


On the VLN Lauren Biggs has started a conversation on ESOL and game based learning. Her post is below and you can join the conversation here.


I am about to start a teaching as inquiry project on introducing digital game-based learning and/or gamification in a senior ESOL class to improve student voluntary verbal communication and collaboration. I have a highly motivated group of senior students who don't talk to each other in class unless directed to by the teacher. Some digital tools I already use or intend to try in this class are Kahoot, Quizlet, Socrative, Spaceteam, Epic Citadel and Google Feud. I am really interested to hear from ESOL teachers about what GBL or gamifiied sites or apps they use with their ESOL students and if it improves collaboration and communication.


We shared the Primary ESOL Online update from Janet McQueen which looked the difference between integration and immigration and how understanding these two terms can impact on our practice in schools.


English Online shared a new development on Quizlet - Quizlet Live.


So a theme for this week might be things that help students to participate fully in school life and wider society.


Often we become so focussed on this reading and writing credits that the 'soft skills' can be overlooked.


In this context I viewed the presentation Acculturation and Adaptation in First-Generation Immigrants to New Zealand (2008).



Have a great week

Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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