Oral Language & ELL

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Children must understand the rules of language and the meaning of words in a variety of contexts to become good readers and writers. BLD suggests that teachers can support their students' oral language development through teacher modelling and providing opportunities to practice using oral language in purposeful ways. For ELLs, teachers should allow them to use their first language to read and write as it is an important tool for learning a second language.

UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 5 of Classroom that Work was a resource that allowed me to begin to develop my understanding of phonics. It presented me with the explanation of what phonics is and activities on how to develop phonemic awareness. Reading Comprehension Strategies, Reading Fluency, Reading Skills, Writing Strategies, Reading Aloud, Teaching Strategies, Reading Levels, Teaching Ideas, Reading Habits

INSTRUCTION: CTW explains that English Language Learners are not always comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Thus, small group activities are much less threatening to them and allow ELLs to share comfortably. One instructional strategy that CTW suggests is using Talking Partners during a read aloud. Students answer questions in pairs related to the book. Not only is this setting less threatening, but it also allows English speaking students to help ELLs develop their vocabulary…

 This activity, "Television Stars!", is an engaging and motivating way for students to practice oral language. It also integrates with Art and can provide students with an exciting means to approach oral language development. Media Literacy, Literacy Skills, Writing Skills, Language Activities, Activities For Kids, Drama Activities, Ell Students, Balanced Literacy, English Language Learners

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INSTRUCTION: This is a great BLD resource that can be used to improve children’s oral language skills. Specifically, students “pretend” to be a TV using props and then talk to their classmates about the discussion topic of the day. This activity is highly engaging and so I believe it would be an effective activity. BLD also provides effective suggestions for adapting this activity to ensure that all children, including ELL, can be successful.

INSTRUCTION: The dramatic centre provides an authentic opportunity for oral language. A focused theme for the centre and supporting visuals help students use complex vocabulary and oral language structures as they take on various roles. Vocabulary Building, Vocabulary Words, Literacy Skills, Writing Skills, Concepts Of Print, Ell Students, Literacy Programs, Dramatic Play Centers, Balanced Literacy

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INSTRUCTION: In this BLD dramatic play centre, kindergarten students engage in meaningful conversations and interactions at a Cafe. The students build their vocabulary based on the specific context, a Cafe, by dramatizing different “real-world” situations. I believe this is an effective strategy for developing oral language in all students, but especially for English Language Learns, as it provides them with concrete objects (props) and experiences with which to associate their vocabulary.

INSTRUCTION: In this BLD activity, students practice echo reading with the teacher by trying to mimic her expressivity and fluency. Then students work in small groups and practice reading the book chorally. This is an effective strategy as it allows students to practice their reading skills in a comfortable setting. Moreover, all students, including English Language Learners, benefit from practicing echo and choral reading. Learning A Second Language, First Language, High School Art, Middle School Art, Student Reading, Student Work, Teaching Channel, Dramatic Play Centers, Good Readers

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INSTRUCTION: In this BLD activity, students practice echo reading with the teacher by trying to mimic her expressivity and fluency. Then students work in small groups and practice reading the book chorally. This is an effective strategy as it allows students to practice their reading skills in a comfortable setting. Moreover, all students, including English Language Learners, benefit from practicing echo and choral reading.

In this article, a seasoned ELL teacher synthesizes her own classroom experience and the findings of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth to make recommendations for effective literacy instruction of ELL students. Learning A Second Language, First Language, Ell Students, Good Readers, English Language Learners, Language Development, Phonemic Awareness, Teaching Reading, Teaching English

What Does Research Tell Us About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners?

UNDERSTANDING: This article on teaching English Language Learners uses information from the National Literacy Panel to provide recommendations for best-practice. Specifically, it outlines recommendations in five major areas: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. I would recommend this article as it provides an efficient means for teachers to receive the key highlights of the NTP report, without having to actually read the long report!

Word Study is an alternative to traditional spelling instruction. It is based on learning word patterns rather than memorizing unconnected words. This article describes the word study approach. Reading Motivation, Student Motivation, Comprehension Strategies, Reading Comprehension, What Is Differentiated Instruction, Effective Teaching, Language Development, Word Study, Teaching Reading

Young Children's Oral Language Development

UNDERSTANDING: This article on Oral Language Development by Reading Rockets, provided me with a comprehensive overview of how and when language is learned. Specifically, it gave me a greater understanding of the components of oral language: phonological, semantic and syntactic and how we as teachers can foster language development. I would recommend this article as it is important to undestand how the students we teach develop language.

Assessment: This website is a great resource to refer to when assessing phonemic awareness. In addition to helpful tips and recommendations, this website provides an example of questions that could be asked to measure phonemic awareness. Reading Assessment, Teaching Reading, Reading Comprehension, Literacy Assessment, Literacy Skills, Writing Skills, Reading Inventory, Print Awareness, Concepts Of Print

Best Practice for ELLs: Screening

ASSESSMENT: Reading Rockets provides a detailed article on the best practice for how teachers can screen English Language Learners’ for reading problems while also monitoring their progress. The screening measures phonological processing, letter knowledge as well as word and text reading. This assessment is important because we want to be able to identify any reading problems early so we can help our students become successful readers.

INSTRUCTION: Story re-tells are an effective strategy for improving children’s oral vocabulary skills. After many teacher read-alouds, which often focused on the vocabulary of the story, the students get in small groups and re-enact the tale to their classmates. Students use props, which help re-enforce the vocabulary in the story. This activity is useful because it allows children to step into the story and personally connect with the story’s vocabulary. Learning A Second Language, First Language, Small Groups, Food Groups, Concepts Of Print, Ell Students, Good Readers, Balanced Literacy

BALANCEDLITERACYDIET :: index :: Balanced Literacy Diet

INSTRUCTION: Story re-tells are an effective strategy for improving children’s oral vocabulary skills. After many teacher read-alouds, which often focused on the vocabulary of the story, the students get in small groups and re-enact the tale to their classmates. Students use props, which help re-enforce the vocabulary in the story. This activity is useful because it allows children to step into the story and personally connect with the story’s vocabulary.