I recently received a question from an ESL teacher who asked:
"I’d like to get some ideas of how I can help students with sight words. I can only make sight-word activities a minor part of a daily lesson since I have so much else to cover in my reading and writing class. So I’m looking for add-on daily activities and then a way to incorporate it into the readings we do in our textbook. The level is Upper Beginning ESL—they typically have a CASAS Reading score of around 200-216 with tests 083 and 084."
I discovered this reosurce for health literach and ESL learners. I invite you to explore this content and identify how you may consider using it with students. Is this someting you can replicate at your own program?
I wanted to draw your attention to an upcoming LINCS discussion in the PD group. While the focus on this discussion is on ESL instruction, I find the PD model fascinating. Videos of teachers in class leading discussions and activities were recorded and then framed with tips and strategies so ESL teachers who had barriers to participation in PD would have easy access to best-practices. I invite you to follow and engage in this discussion and at the end, I'd like to get your feedback on if this model is something you can re-create for any of your PD trainings.
Truespel is a free phonetic resource based on phonics that can replace the IPA for US English pronunciation. It can be learned in an hour by literate folks using tutorials at truespel.com and using the free two-way converter there. Once they master the pronunciation of each of the 40 sounds of US English (and a stress and glottal stop rule), ELL's can say any word correctly when reading truespel phonetics. They can write what they hear as well. The science behind truespel is here http://justpaste.it/truescience .