I have the opportunity to support and inspire 60 students who come to school, every day, in the hopes of learning, no less, about academics, but also about themselves. One hundred percent of my students' native language is not English, and they work very hard every day to learn a second language.
My English language learners' (ELLs) overall learning styles vary greatly.
Some of my students read and write fluently in their native language and/or English, while others come in with very limited literacy skills and require creative approaches for their transition to the English language.
As we all watched in worry when Hurricane Maria hit, it was horrifying to see the damage and destruction that occurred on the island. Watching it on the television or reading about it in the paper was nothing in comparison of experiencing it first hand. My newcomer students, along with their families, survived the storm but not much else made it through the storm. Their families made it to Chicago and have been adjusting to the language, culture, and weather to just name a few.
While the trauma of the sudden move and the adjustment of a new "everything" is processed on a day to day basis, we need some tools to help our students learn the new language of English.
The materials requested are all supporting curriculum based on English language development skills. The building center will provide engaging hand on activities, help build critical English language skills from writing sentences, to listening, to following directions. The activity cards help assist my newcomers by developing key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The cards will help students build the skills and confidence they need to strengthen their daily use of English. The Match It cards will boost my student's Spanish and English transition of vocabulary skills in common everyday conversational topics from food to feelings.
The area of Chicago in which I teach is a historically known Puerto Rican neighborhood. Rich in culture and history, many families have found their way here, to find their new homes. Chicago, being a sanctuary city, has welcomed the residents of Puerto Rico with open arms and so do we! Thank you in advance for reading our proposal.
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