I am an ESOL teacher to approximately 100 students. My students come from different countries (Vietnam, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guatemala, etc.). My students need ESL materials to help them learn English. The material would help different levels found in my classroom. ELL students are supposed to learn about Shakespeare just like any other student. This school year we will be reading Macbeth and Hamlet, among others. The stories found on our textbooks are very hard for ELL students to comprehend.
These books makes understanding Shakespeare's work so much easier.
On one page is regular Shakespearean vocabulary and on the other page is a more simpler English. My ELL students can finally understand what the teacher is actually trying to talk to them about -- imagery, figurative language, symbolism and style -- in a way they can actually relate to.
First of all, ELL students will have the opportunity to appreciate literature. These books will assist my students in understanding and hopefully enjoying Shakespeare's work.
Second of all, without a doubt, the greatest gift I can give my students is passion for literacy.
I feel that these books will assist me in accomplishing just that. Shakespeare’s work is timeless and all students should be exposed to his work. My ELL students are not an exception and it is for this reason that these books will help them read extraordinary storylines, powerful characters, stunning quotes and they all are inspiring and challenging.
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