Imagine what it must be like moving to a new country. Everything is new and you can't even read the signs. You may have learned how to read and write in your own language, or maybe school was intermittent for you. Regardless, walking into a classroom where everything you see and hear is in a foreign language, would be challenging, to say the least.
Every day, my students teach me what it means to be resilient and persistent.
I love teaching this group! My students are from many different places. This year I have students from Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Columbia, Guatemala, China and the Philippines. Over half of my students come from places that do not share our alphabet. They have a steep learning curve in both academic and social/cultural skills. Nevertheless, it is amazing how quickly they progress in all areas and go on to have successful high school and college experiences. I am constantly trying to find activities that are interesting and engaging to help them learn the basics of English.
I am so lucky that my district is has a 1:1 ratio of students to computers and a plethora of apps to assist with student learning. We have some great programs that involve listening and help students to practice their speaking of English, however, they require headphones that have good microphones.
My students need good headphones to listen to the apps and good microphones that allow them to practice their speaking.
Regular earbuds work ok, however many of my students don't bring them to class everyday and some of their microphones are not of sufficient quality to complete speaking assignments.
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