Teaching ESL students is both challenging and rewarding. The school I teach in is located in a low-income area. Over 56% of our student population are English language learners. Many are new to America, some fleeing war-torn countries as refugees. My students face the unique challenge of leaving their home country, learning a new language, and assimilating into a new environment. Those who speak English often have a parent who can not.
Reading and writing are particularly challenging for my students in part, due to the language barrier.
Despite these challenges, each small step that a student takes is viewed as a success. To see a student communicate verbally after a silent period makes it all worthwhile.
My students love stories! Pete the Cat is one of their favorite characters. Attending a live production of the book title will make Pete the Cat come alive. My English language learners will gain exposure into the various way stories can be conveyed.
Upon our return to IES, we will as a group, use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the storybook version with the theatre production.
Lastly, we will use the Language Experience Approach to write about the field trip. The LEA is a language approach that promotes the use of writing through the personal experience of the learner.
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