This past Friday, a couple colleagues from school and I went to a workshop put on by Fun to Teach ELD. As the name suggests, it was fun! We discussed teaching ELD as a pull-out program and also teaching in the classroom by integrating into our regular content. The strategies presented were all tied to Systematic ELD (which I was trained in last year) and we were taught how to use the ADEPT test to guide our teaching. I teach a group of level 3 and 4 ELLs for 30 minutes each day and have been teaching using the state approved curriculum, Carousel of Ideas. Going through my students’ ADEPT tests and realizing which specific holes in language they have made so much sense to me. Now I know what to target and what to focus on. It makes sense – I do that in reading and math, why wouldn’t I do that in ELD instruction, too? I’m really glad I went to the workshop, if only for that bit of advice! They also had posters all over the room with ideas for teaching.
|All units include word cards that you can make into mini word walls like these.
There is a free unit on possessive pronouns on TpT!
|We did an activity where we had to sort parts of speech into which language level it is taught at. It was harder than you think! This poster was a good visual to see when children learn these skills.|
|A poster for teaching about feelings and emotions.|
If you go to Fun to Teach’s blog, you can find all kinds of freebies and resources. They also have freebies on their Facebook page. Check it out if you can! The lessons they make are fun, engaging, and tied directly to the English Language content standards.
I’ll leave you with a video of our class learning one of the chants from a unit. The song is called “Would you, would you, would you be able?” and it helps teach the conditional tense.
What do you do to teach your ESL students? I’d love to hear your ideas, too!