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  • Easter, ANZAC and a few GEMS

    Talofa outou uma  Easter I think it is important that new migrants to New Zealand learn a little bit about our celebrations and holidays in order to understand what they are about and how we celebrate. Amongst the fun remember to include  a language focus as well. It is also a goo...

    Tags: First Language Literacy, ESOL, Easter, ANZAC

  • ESOL readings and professional learning opportunitries

    This post looks at professional learning opportunities and great links and readings to explore during the holiday period.  International Education qualification opportunity You may also be interested in a new online postgraduate-level course offered by Victoria University Internat...

    Tags: ESOL, Professional learning, English language learners, professional readings

  • Supporting Refugee Students

    In this update I want to focus on Refugee background students and how we can support students who have experienced trauma, violence and chronic stress in their lives.  “All refugees have suffered grief and loss, if only over the loss of their home and familiar way of life. In addition ...

    Tags: Refugee, ESOL

  • Using Photographs in Language Teaching

    Using photographs for teaching language The digital age has made taking and sharing photos easier than ever before. We have easy access to many images which are free to use and download. Teachers have long used photos and pictures for various teaching activities and they can be particularly us...

    Tags: ESOL, language teaching

  • Vocabulary tests, Initial ELL Assessments and Great Reading and Writing Activities

    Hi everybody Wow, thank you to everyone who has shared over the past week your responses to other members’ questions has been amazing! Due to the busy nature of the site this week I will review the discussions in this update and add a few points of my own. Please feel free to contin...

    Tags: Vocabulary, Assessment, ELLs, Placement, ESOL, Reading activities, Writing activities

  • Learning to Read in a Second Language

    Hi everyone I want to spend part of this term looking a little deeper at the process of teaching reading. I am particularly interested in what we as teachers do at the pre-reading stage of a reading lesson. My interest in this has arisen from writing ESOL content for the School Journals Teache...

    Tags: Reading, Second Language Reading, ELLs, ESOL

  • Initial Diagnostic Assessment

      What are we trying to find out about the student in our initial assessment and why? 1. Students background: In order to ‘know the learner’ we need to learn about the student’s language and their strengths and find out more about their background. E.g. ...

    Tags: Assessment, ESOL, Diagnostic assessment, ELLs

  • Top Tips for School Leaders

    Top Tips for School Leaders  1. Develop an ESOL policy and review it regularly. This document will set the direction and tone for the school-wide provision of support for English language learners (ELLs). See the example school policy written by Gaylene Price which models an ...

    Tags: ESOL school leaders, leadership, ESOL

  • ESOL School Leadership Challenges

    Challenges to Successful Leadership  This update focuses on the leadership of ESOL within a school. I have based much of my thinking in this article on, McGee, A., Haworth, P. and MacIntyre, L. (2014), Leadership Practices to Support Teaching and Learning for English Langua...

    Tags: Leadership, ESOL, Challenges

  • 20 Tips for teaching ELLs' who have very little English

    20 Tips for teaching ELLs' who have very little English  Teaching a new student who speaks little or no English is a challenge for most classroom teachers.  Sometimes these students also have limited schooling or literacy in their first language which makes teaching the...

    Tags: ESOL, ELLs