My first ELL student

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  1. whollyconsumed

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    I teach 3rd grade in a predominantly African American school. I have my very first ELL student. Help! She is a sweet, shy girl. I don't think her teacher worked with her a lot last year, so I really want to give her the attention she deserves. I will take advice, resources, etc.
     
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    Make sure she can see your face and your gestures. That way, she can start associating the visual meaning of words. I'll see if I can look through my SIOP training material for any other tips and tricks I can send your way.
     
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    Hoping you have an ESL teacher on staff.
     
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    Lots and lots and lots of visual clues and aides, that's step one. How much English does she know compared to others? Can she communicate with her peers at all?
     
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    Thanks! There is a brand new ESL teacher for the district that services her. I am not sure that is any better than my efforts, but I am glad I have help.
     
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    I think she struggles to communicate with peers, but she does know more than she was letting on I learned Friday when she came in and commented on a book that was on the table and told me she was happy to have a friend in her ESL group.
     
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    What do you mean "Knows more than she lets on"? It's not uncommon for ESL students to have gaps in their understandings. Even if they sound fluent, their background may have been such that there are holes in their education and time in school leading to a "swiss cheese" education. Give her the benefit of the doubt about what she does or doesn't understand until you start to see contradictions in her behavior.
     
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    Read up on TPR (Total Physical Response), as that will help.

    "Knows more than she's letting on" isn't uncommon. She likely understands quite a bit, but still has a high affective filter, preventing her from high classroom participation. The amount of time it takes for ELL to open up varies from one learner to the next.
     

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