I teach an amazing group of middle schoolers who have been learning the English language for anywhere ranging from 5 months to 2 years. The majority of my students come from Central America and Mexico, and are primarily native Mam and Spanish speakers. Many of them are attending school regularly for the first time in their lives. Several of them are refugees of social and economic turmoil. All of them come to school every day eager to develop their English language skills.
Throughout the day, my students are expected to learn academic content (History, Science, Math, etc) in a language they do not yet fully understand.
Worse, in a few short years, they’ll go off to high school, where the content will only become more complex, and yet because of graduation and college eligibility requirements, English Language Development (ELD) classes are rarely offered. Therefore, in order to be successful, it is imperative that my students leave my ELD class, with a strong foundation not only in the English language itself, but in their ability to access resources and navigate schooling in the U.S.
Help my students on their journey to becoming proficient in the English language! In order to accelerate their English language development, we are engaging in word and language study versus traditional vocabulary development. In word and language study, students take an inquiry-based approach to learning to recognize patterns and relationships in word formation and meaning. Through word study and play, language learners move away from simply memorizing individual vocabulary words to understanding the ways in which the new language works.
Rather than memorizing a set of 10 new vocabulary words, students will have the ability to recognize 10 new word patterns, which can translate into thousands of new words!
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