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Ms. Dill from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starving for Language!

My students need a set of books with CD's and 4 cassette players.

  • $506 goal

This project expired on January 10, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

“ The limits of my language are the limits of my world” -Ludwig Wittgenstein- Think about how small my students' worlds must feel when they cannot speak the language of the people around them.

All of our students are English Language Learners.

They come to us knowing no English at all. Our school is a small Newcomers' School with only 125 students and 6 teachers. We are very diverse with 13 different countries represented and 8 different languages spoken! We take students in grades 6-8, but they are placed in classes according to their language proficiency and not their grade level. We have six levels of language proficiency from beginner through advanced. Students move through the proficiency levels at varying rates based on classroom performance, motivation, and formal assessments. Our goal is to have these students reading, speaking, listening and writing in English at or above grade by the end of 8th grade.

My Project

I teach the students who are in the lowest English proficiency level. They do not know any English. Some of them are illiterate in their home language as well (meaning they cannot read or write in any language). Many of them come from war torn El Salvador or Nepal or Darfur or Iraq. Many of them have always lived in refugee camps. They have never seen a computer or CD player or new clothes or books or even indoor plumbing. They are so grateful to be here and so motivated to learn! They know first hand how hard life can be. They show me every day by their determination and motivation that they understand the value of an education. They deserve the best chance we can give them for a much brighter future. Learning English is only their first step.

In order to learn English, students must hear the language as well as see the written words.

Because they have not been exposed to books or CDs, they are fascinated by both. I have set up a reading station where students can go and listen and repeat as they read. I only have 4 books on CD at this time. Last year they listened and read them so many times that they began to randomly repeat English phrases they had picked up from the stories! This is learning. They need a library of books on CD.

Ms. Dill
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GG520X - Single Student CD Read-Alongs - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $329.00 1 $329.00
FD235 - AC Adaptor • Lakeshore Learning $9.95 1 $9.95
FF325X - Student Cassette Player - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95

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