Methods in Teaching ESL

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Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

We often think of gentle people as being timid, easy going, without opinion, and basically weak in decision making. All of these assumptions are inaccurate. It takes great strength of character and self-control to be able to "clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. The verb "clothe" infers the need to make purposeful changes to your natural responses. We are being called to choose a different response from our automatic reactions. A gentle leader must practice mature responses when they face challenges. They must prepare themselves spiritually and mentally for battles that may arise throughout the day.

The Bible tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Delaying our response to conflict may save us a lot of regret. The tongue is a powerful tool. Proverbs 15:1 reminds us that "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 18:21 tells us that "the tongue has the power of life and death..."

Determine to practice gentleness when dealing with co-workers and students this week. It will serve you well. I Peter 3:4 tells us that "the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God's sight."

Dear God, Teach me to deal with students and fellow teachers showing gentleness and concern. I want to reflect your kindness and gentleness in all I do this week.

Take your clock and fill it with 4 appointments, one appointment for each hour designated.

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Use your appointment agenda to discuss the article below.

Appointment Agenda

  • Read the article and meet with your clock partners as instructed within the article.

  • After each section, move to the next section with a new clock partner.

After reading the article, what was your greatest "AHA"?

  • Share with your elbow partner using the following sentence stem:

After reading the article, my greatest "AHA" was...

How to use Appointment Agendas in your classroom:

  • How it works:

– Provide students with a copy of an Appointment Agenda with various time-slot options.

– Ask them to walk around the room and make “appointments” with various partners.

– Both partners should select a time that is open and write each other’s name in the time slot.

– If someone remains without a partner, have that person triple up with an existing pair.

– Once the agendas are filled in, you can use this as a pairing tool.

– Partners should appear only once on an agenda.

  • How to Ensure Higher-Order Thinking:

– Steps for ensuring higher-order thinking will depend on the activity that you choose to

do once partners meet.

Making It Happen

Chapter 17: Teaching Language through the Content Areas and Professional Development

  • Click on the following link to access a Google presentation.
  • Using your book and online resources, work with a partner to complete your assigned slides.

Chapter 18: ESL Programs

  • Click on the following link to access a Google presentation.
  • Using your book and online resources, work with a partner to complete your assigned slides.

What are the Positives, Challenges, and Questions?

  • Use post it notes to put up responses to the PCQ.
  • Every participant must post at least one response and be ready to explain it.
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Share something you wrote down using one of the following sentence stems:

A positive of teaching language through content is...

A challenge of teaching language through content is...

A question I still have about teaching language through content is...

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50 Strategies for Teaching ELLs

  • Cloze: Using Context to Create Meaning - Chapter 41 of 50 Strategies

  • Repetition and Innovation - Chapter 47 of 50 Strategies

Next Week's Class: December 5th

  • DVD Response 8
  • Scenario Teaching Response (Theme-based unit)