In order to become successful readers & writers, students need to develop oral language skills. Older grades require more complex expression of ideas, students need to be able to share their thinking & participate in classroom activities/discussions. Building these skills early is essential & requires time/support- especially for ELL students. It’s important for students to have a voice in their community; teachers can support students by providing opportunities and tools in their classrooms.
In Ch. 2 of CTW (p. 20), there is an instructional suggestion on how to support ELL students with developing oral language skills. One of them is related to reading and comprehension. By providing books for ELL students that promote independent reading, educators can encourage oral language at home by assigning verbal homework (e.g., retelling story they have read to their families in English). I recommend this activity & chapter because it promotes both oral & reading skills at home.
This center is great for students to engage in “pretend-play” situations. The activity is useful & effective because it promotes the use of various types vocabularies & actions. I believe that all students benefit from dramatic play by engaging in real-life situations & learning new words or practicing vocabulary that is new to them. Also, the teacher asks students to draw pictures beside the words so that they could read & communicate easier (this is especially beneficial for ELL students).
Read-alouds provide opportunities for students to hear new text & learn vocabulary. This activity is engaging students in the read-aloud by providing opportunities for reflection, predication, asking questions & making real-life connections. I recommend the activity because it’s useful for students that have English language skills & those that are ELL (new to the language). This is also an effective activity because there are opportunities to make cross-curricular connections.
This activity is so fun & engaging for developing oral language skills. I believe the activity is great and recommend it for instructional purposes. The lesson requires students to use their listening skills in order to answer/participate. The activity also promotes independent skills for students that are in the beginning stages of oral language skills. When students are required to select their own questions and read it to their peers, it fosters a sense of independence and builds…
This is an initial assessment tool to determine where ELL students are with their oral language skills. The process of determining where students should stand regarding level is difficult & time-consuming. This easy-to-use continuum is an effective tool for teachers to use to find out where their students’ are regarding listening & speaking skills. I believe this is a useful tool because it provides the teacher with the necessary information to plan the ‘next steps’ for their ELL students.
Teachers can use this center for developing & assessing oral language skills. This is a useful assessment center because teachers are able to work with small groups and observe several skills (e.g., understanding of context or use of proper pronunciation of various vocabulary). This is also effective because teachers can work with students that need extra support and monitor their progress over time (especially ELL students that are new to developing oral language skills).
Retelling stories in an interactive way is not only engaging, but it also supports comprehension skills that promote oral communication skills for students. In this activity, students use pictures to match words in order to retell the story (e.g., matching what the caterpillar in the story ate each day). This is an effective & useful activity because it engages students. Also, it supports oral language skills by encouraging students to retell the story using their own understanding of…