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Dia! Diversity in Action – El día de los niños, El día de los libros ALSC Blog Connect with the ALSC Blog to find a collection of articles written about Día by ALSC members and Committees. All Día articles can be accessed at: Día Get Together Facebook chats ALSC offers periodic Día Get Together Facebook chats on the Día Facebook Page. Supporting English Language Learners (Tools, Strategies and Resources) This site is intended for use by teachers, administrators and consultants working with English language learners. This site allows users to: Search the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. Access student writing samples with benchmark analysis.

Talk to Your Baby Research consistently points to early oral language skills as among the strongest predictors of educational success, and as providing a vital foundation for school-readiness and effective learning across other domains. - Nuffield Foundation report into Early Education and Childcare, 2015 The legacy of Talk to Your Baby speaks for itself. Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers February 2, 2016 Printing Press is a great web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with students in class to easily create beautiful newspapers, flyers and brochures. The tool is very easy to use and students will definitely love working on it. Printing Press provides multiple pre-made templates to choose from when creating a newspaper. Finished works can be saved and shared with others through emails or you can print out paper versions to distribute in your class. Additionally, you can save your unfinished newspaper as a draft and use a simple WYSIWYG to edit it later on. Whether you want to create and publish class newspapers or design informational brochures and flyers announcing class events, Printing Press is absolutely a wonderful tool to try out.

Why Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning Differently Copyright © 2013 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Add Magic to Read Alouds with Novel Effect In this guest blog post, certified special educator and Chief of Education for Novel Effect Melody Zagami Furze introduces Novel Effect, a free voice interactive storytelling app that can “add music, sounds, and even characters’ voices, simply by reading a book out loud” to enrich the storytelling experience with kids. Lee & Low is excited to have soundtracks for several of our books available now on Novel Effect! As an early childhood educator and now a parent, I know how exhausting it can be to squeeze in all the classroom activities you need in a single day. We created Novel Effect so that story time can be an achievable daily goal for you and your students, especially the ones who may find it extra hard to sit still until the end of a book. If you’re newly discovering Novel Effect in this blog post, you’re in for a treat.

ESL Teaching Resources for English Language Teachers Select one of the five categories below to expand the list of ESL Teaching Resources. 75 Resources Lesson activities include games, puzzles, and warm-ups, as well as activities to teach and practice each of the core skills of language learning: speaking, listening, writing, reading, grammar, and vocabulary. These activities can be used as a component of a lesson, as homework for extra practice, or they can be developed into a complete lesson. 32 Resources Full lesson plans and templates for all levels of English skill: beginner, intermediate, and advanced, as well as lesson plans for mixed-level classes and plans that can be adapted for any level.

Learning Two Languages [en Español] Anyone can learn a new language. Some people find it easier than others, but all of us can do it. People who can use two languages are bilingual. Children can learn to be bilingual. They can learn two languages at home, at school, or in the community. Teaching KIds to Write with Vivid Vocabulary “Descriptive writing is an art form. It’s painting a word picture so that the reader ‘sees’ exactly what you are describing.” ~Brenda Covert This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy. What’s the big deal about writing descriptively?

'Because I Had a Turban' Printer-friendly version In American society, as in many others, religion shapes and informs everything from our language to our social habits. For us, one particular religion plays the hegemonic role: Christianity. It is celebrated both in our calendars — where school breaks often coincide with Christmas and Easter, but rarely with the major holidays of other religions — and in our curricula, through "seasonal" art projects and activities like Easter egg drawings and "holiday" pageants. Christianity is present in the turns of phrase from "turning the other cheek" and being a "good Samaritan," to being a "sacrificial lamb." Taken together, these activities and experiences cause students who identify with Christianity to find their identity affirmed in school.

Diversity in Graphic Novels Special thanks to member Laura M. Jiménez for her time and expertise in reviewing and adding additional resources for this blog post. This summer members highlighted the need for more diversity in graphic novels. We’ve looked around the internet and compiled a list of suggested resources to check out. You will find some overlap between the titles suggested within these resources, but we’ve tried to find various lists that offer characters, authors, and illustrators from many places, with varied backgrounds, identities, and abilities.

Make it click! Create a Quiz. Guest post by Marina Petrovic, Online English and Serbian teacher I’ve been teaching languages online since 2008. You may imagine that I have tried out a myriad of different tools since my first online lesson! However, in time I learnt to stick to the ones which are extremely simple to use and to which my students respond best. The Advantages of Being Bilingual Most children have the capacity and facility to learn more than one language. Researchers say that there are advantages to being bilingual. These advantages might include; Being able to learn new words easilyPlaying rhyming games with words like "cat" and "hat"Breaking down words by sounds, such as C-A-T for catBeing able to use information in new waysPutting words into categoriesComing up with solutions to problemsGood listening skillsConnecting with others According to the American Community Survey, more than one in 5 individuals over the age of 5 (21%) speak a language other than English at home.

How Stories Change the Brain Ben’s dying. That’s what Ben’s father says to the camera as we see Ben play in the background. Ben is two years old and doesn’t know that a brain tumor will take his life in a matter of months.

Colorin Colorado has many versatile strategies like "Chapter Walk" to help students understand the layout and organization of content textbooks. Other resources for ELL students including Spanish and other language "tips for parents" handouts and book lists for different language/cultural group stories and issues. by c.williams Jul 22

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