ELD Weekly Bulletin
Title III/ELD Listserv - February 1, 2016
Charting a Course Through Graphs, Charts, and Other Organizers
by Nathan Hall
If your school is like mine, your administrators are constantly evaluating various data to give everyone something to discuss on the in-service days. All of these facts gets condensed into an easy graphic with lines, bars, or fractionally divided slides presented on a PowerPoint and projected or passed out on handouts. All it takes is a little explanation and we can get a snapshot of what’s happening and where it’s headed.
While it’s easy to take for granted that graphic organizers are easy alternatives to large chunks of text, we have to remember that these could be very confusing to ELLs. Other cultures may not use the same layouts we use, different schools the students previously attended may not have incorporated these into the curriculum, or the whole process of how to make sense of weird words and lines may be overwhelming. So, as ELL teachers, we may want to take the time to go over how charts and graphs work as a part of academic language.
Don't Fly Solo: A Crowd-Sourced Book for Educators Working with ELLs
Call for Participation: Professional Development Opportunities for Oklahoma's ELL Educators
from Jason Smith, ELL Program Specialist, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, OSDE
We’ve created a survey in order to find out the level of interest from ELL educators and call for participation in different types of professional development activities. Below is a link to the short survey that we are asking you complete as well as disseminate through your various listservs in order to to reach a broader population of Oklahoma's ELL educators.
Oklahoma Association for Bilingual Education - January 2016 Newsletter
Share your Successes: Minnesota TESOL Journal
Registration Open: Multicultural Education Institute 2016
What Does the Fox Say and Why Is It Different in Every Language?
Words for the noises made by common animals are some of the first words we are taught, as linguist Arika Okrent points out in this fascinating new video, "Why Do Animals Make Different Sounds in Different Languages?"
It's an odd educational priority, perhaps, given that "meow," "woof," and "cock-a-doodle-doo" rarely become mainstays of our daily vocabularies -- but what the hey, it's fun to make animal noises.
Okrent, along with the deft whiteboard illustrating of Sean O'Neill, breaks down the linguistic reasons behind why an American dog says "woof" and a French dog says "ouah ouah." (In nearly every language, we're pretty clear that cats say something along the lines of "meow.")
ACCESS Test Planning Resources
Materials pick up at Enrollment Center: February 4 & 5, 2016
ACCESS 2.0 & Alternate ACCESS
- ACCESS 2.0 Q&A PowerPoint
- ACCESS 2.0 Accessibility & Accommodations Descriptions
- ACCESS 2.0 Headphone Specifications
- ACCESS 2.0 Sample Items
Upcoming Title III Events
February 2, 8:30am - ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training Part 2
February 2, 12:30pm - ACCESS 2.0 Online Test Administrator Training
February 3, 8:30am - ACCESS 2.0 Online Test Administrator Training
February 3, 12:30pm - ACCESS 2.0 Paper-based Test Administrator Training
February 4 & 5, 8:00am to 4:00pm - ACCESS 2.0 Materials Pick up at Enrollment Center
February 6, 8:30am - SIOP Saturday (Day 3)
February 6, 8:30am - Bilteracy Transfer Training for Dual Language (Day 1)
All sessions are listed for enrollment in MyLearningPlan unless noted.
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