My ten students are second language learning adults from all over the globe. I have four students from Puerto Rico, three from Cape Verde, one from Guatemala, one from Brazil and one from Afghanistan. The students from Puerto Rico have experienced Hurricane Maria and would like to share their stories when they improve their language skills.
Except for one young student from Guatemala, all of them say they have children who "need parents to read them stories and to help them with homework."
My greatest challenge is to help a Pashto-speaker learn the English alphabet. As a survivor of the Taliban, she was not allowed to attend school. Her youngest two children are still in school and she would like to be able to "communicate with their teachers."
The first lesson in helping second language learners to improve their communication skill is to make learning F-U-N. Listening to brief, interactive, audio and visual to improve listening comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation on the Chromebook is a Fabulous start. Adding American folklore through music videos like "Danny Boy" by Taryn Brady offers adult learners a more dignified approach to learning pronunciation and definitions than rote repetition. Just one Chromebook can make learning English 1000 times more interactive and interesting.
I would also use Duolingo on the new Chromebook to teach my students how to express their daily routines in English instead of relying on their native language.
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