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  • Tips to consider when planning and sequencing tasks in a unit of work

    This update looks at some tips that I consider necessary when you are writing and sequencing tasks in a unit of work. The tips are based upon second language acquisition research. To learn more about these view the Making Language and Learning Work video clips, and see the...

    Tags: Planning, ESOL, tasks

  • Term 2 Round Up and Latest Gems

    Hi everyone No doubt the countdown until the end of the school term is well underway. The holidays are usually a chance to take a rest and to catch up a little on all your reading. Therefore today I thought I would do a round-up of all my posts from last term so if you didn’t get a chanc...

    Tags: ESOL, ELLs, Gems

  • Cherishing the Long View

    Kia orana This week is Cook Island Māori language week which I think very appropriately follows straight on from New Zealand Māori language week. Last week I shared the New Zealand Curriculum page on this special week. The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs also has a calendar of events which ...

    Tags: ESOL, leadership, ELLs

  • Exploring the Impact section on ESOL Online

    Hi everyone  In this update I want us to explore the recently updated esolonline Impact section. As mentioned last week this week is Tongan Language Week, The theme for this year is; “Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘aki’ a e faiva’ a e Tonga” - Enriching Aotearoa...

    Tags: Impact, assessment ELLs, ESOL

  • Ideas to support Vocabulary learning

    Vocabulary learning The thoughts in this section come from a presentation by Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey at the recent NZLA conference in Wellington entitled Practical Ideas to Embed Vocabulary Learning in your Classroom Programme. I think that as ESOL teachers most of us know the im...

    Tags: Vocabulary, ELLs, ESOL

  • Language Learning and the Summer Slide

    Language learning and the summer slide With the summer holidays fast approaching now might be a good time to put in place some strategies to support your students to maintain or even grow their level of English over the holiday period. Many of our ELLs' speak another language at home and d...

    Tags: ESOL, ELLs, Summer slide

  • Reflecting on your 2015 Teaching Year

      Hi everyone As the end of the year draws closer I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a restful holiday break. The focus of my update today is on being a reflective teacher. I will be sharing some “Gems from around the world “for your holiday reading lat...

    Tags: ESOL, ELL, Reflection

  • Supporting ELLs' in Classrooms

    Talofa lava! I can’t believe how fast February is disappearing. At this time of year classroom teachers often have questions on how they can best support ELLs in their classroom, so this is the focus of today’s update. I am also sharing my latest gems from around the world. News...

    Tags: Second language learning, ESOL, ELLs

  • ELLs and Oral Language, Part Two

    Today I am summarising some recent discussion in response to my first post on ELLs and oral language and continuing the discussion. Several people have mentioned what a great resource Learning Though Talk is. Remember that there are two books which all schools should have. Learning ...

    Tags: Oral Language, ESOL, Learning through talk