ESL Instructional News
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WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development and Vision 2020 Excellence with Equity
As I think about supporting English Learners in JCPS, I think about the focused direction of our district that is provided by Vision 2020. Although each of the JCPS Vision 2020 Core Values complements the WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development, there are some in particular that I noticed highlight the work of improving instruction for JCPS English Learners.
- Students’ languages and cultures are valuable resources to be tapped and incorporated into schooling. (Caring, Equity, Respect, Diversity)
- Students’ home, school, and community experiences influence their language development. (Respect, Individuality, Diversity,Collaboration)
- Students draw on their metacognitive, metalinguistic, and metacultural awareness to develop proficiency in additional languages. (Equity, Individuality, Opportunity)
- Students' academic language development in their native language facilitates their academic language development in English. Conversely, students' academic language development in English informs their academic language development in their native language. (Equity, Individuality, Diversity, Opportunity)
- Students learn language and culture through meaningful use and interaction. (Opportunity, Creativity)
- Students use language in functional and communicative ways that vary according to context. (Equity, Individuality)
- Students develop language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing interdependently, but at different rates and in different ways. (Equity, Individuality, Opportunity)
- Students’ development of academic language and academic content knowledge are inter-related processes. (Equity, Individuality, Opportunity, Creativity)
- Students' development of social, instructional, and academic language, a complex and long-term process, is the foundation for their success in school. (Equity, Excellence, Diversity, Collaboration)
- Students’ access to instructional tasks requiring complex thinking is enhanced when linguistic complexity and instructional support match their levels of language proficiency. (Equity, Individuality, Opportunity, Creativity, Stewardship)
Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to ELs in Elementary and Middle School
The Practice Guide is a wonderful professional learning resource for K-8 content teachers of English Learners.
Working with EL Newcomers
Strategies for Success
1. Provide them with a buddy or buddies. Identify a couple of students in the class who can give the student a tour of the school, walk with them to classes and lunch and help them become familiar with classroom routines. The buddy may speak the same first language as the newcomer or be an English speaking student. Click on this link to learn a bit more about choosing buddies for newcomers. http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/buddies.php
2. Have a regular routine set up for your newcomers: Make sure the student knows where the restroom is and the routine for asking to use it, as well as the lunchroom procedure, and how things work in the classroom and school.
3. Learn how to pronounce the student's name correctly. Make sure all the students in the class know it as well. (Have you ever read The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi?)
4. Learn a little something about your newcomer student's culture. Culture Grams are a great resource for this.
5. Smile. A lot. It's amazing how far a simple smile will go in making a student feel welcome.
So What About Resources for High School English Learners?
A great place to start is...
Reading Non-Fiction Text with High School ELLs
Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities
From MeMe Ratliff
JCPS teachers in ESL - we've heard you loud and clear at Collective Voices sessions with Dr. Hargens and at #ECET2Lou! You want time to be with other peeps in your field!
JCPSForward is beginning monthly meetups at Gheens on Wednesday, March 29th. These hour long conversations will be on topics decided by you - discussions that have immediate impact on student learning - and are worth one hour od PD credit. There will be time slots for M/H, Elem AND Early Childhood! We hope you can join us from at Gheens Flex Room B.
You can register using this link - we'll fill in the PD Central info after the event. https://marchmonthlymeetup.eventbrite.com
Future meeting dates:
- April 17 - Gheens Flex A
- May 17 - Gheens Flex B
If you have any questions, reach out to MeMe Ratliff - email@example.com.
Thanks so much! Hope to see you there!
Save the Date: Summer Professional Learning for Bilingual Associate Instructors (BAIs)
JCPS ESL Specialist