As of 2012, The ESOL Link moved to this new site. Topics specific to the Windsor C-1 School District have been added to help teachers and administrators deal with issues pertaining to educating English language learners.
Do you have awesome students who seem competent in the classroom, so confident that they don’t seem to need help? They communicate to you and others with minimal difficulty. This is because they have mastered BICS. BICS stands for Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills, the vocabulary all ELLs learn first. The most challenging language comes next. Academic vocabulary or CALPS is the hardest to acquire and is known to take up to 5-7 years to use with the accuracy of their peers . CALPS is your next challenge. You can read more about BICS and CALPS when you click on the corresponding page listed on this blog.
Newcomers can be time consuming for teachers. Differentiating instruction is easier when you consider the WIDA Can Do descriptors, click link here in the right hand column. They align to DOK levels. For instance, If you have a beginning student, you could use levels 1-2 of Blooms with your lessons.
New students are likely to be more nervous than you are. Take time to explore the animated link on culture shock, the posting How to Provide a Welcoming Environment for your Newcomers, and the emotional film Immersion by Snag films.
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