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My Own Journey of Discovery About Disability and ELLs

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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By JEFF MATTISON —I have to admit: I’m not an expert on the topic of differentiating between language learning and disability. The genesis for this article stems from a new challenge that I have faced in the past year in my new position teaching ELD at a high school with policies and procedures for its
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Mr. Bean Speaks American English:
Dynamic Grammar with Silent Video

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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By KATHERINE C. GUEVARA —Motivate your students to practice and successfully produce target structures by giving a famous, silent, British comic a grammatically correct, American English voice. This article explains how to use Mr. Bean videos, and other silent videos, to get students to write, speak, and discuss before, during, and after watching. Most Mr.
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Resources for Lesson Planning, Record Keeping

May 16th, 2014 | By
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(Almost) Free Resources for Lesson Planningand Record Keeping By TONYA COBB What tool do you use to record your lesson plans or grades? Maybe you’ve developed your own lesson plan book, use an online lesson planner, use a grading program, or depend on your memory for your lesson plans. If you’re anything like me, PlanbookEdu
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Incorporating Music Into the ESL Classroom

May 16th, 2014 | By
Grace Reece

By GRACE REECE —In an IEP classroom, time and delivery of content is precious. We have agendas, calendars, and set curriculum. As useful as textbooks are, though, students are in need of integration of real social interaction, relevant media, and useful communicative strategies. The most ubiquitous medium is music. No matter what country my students
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Academic Preparedness of ESL Students

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

Academic Preparedness of ESL Students— A Factor in Student Success and Program Survival By LANE IGOUDIN —The last several years have been turbulent for the teaching of ESL in California. From the Student Success Act of 2012, to new repeatability and basic skills limitations, to more recent proposals to move most ESL into noncredit, our
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Adult Education Regional Consortia

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

Adult Education Regional Consortia—What Will They Mean for ESL in Adult Schools and Community Colleges? By KRISTEN PURSLEY —Adult education regional consortia between community college and K-12 school districts will change the face of adult education in California beginning in 2015–2016. Consortia were required to file a Certificate of Eligibility, Intent to Apply, and Project
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IEPs Help Transition to Graduate School

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
Sonja Lovelace

By SONJA LOVELACE —Ten years ago, many Intensive English Programs (IEPs) had a curriculum in place for language learners whose goals were to improve their English proficiency but not necessarily to prepare themselves for graduate programs. Now, more students expect a rigorous curriculum designed to equip them for success in master’s programs at top-tier universities
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Stay Connected: Celly and English Learners

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
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By IXCHELL REYES and DELIA RACINES  —Ixchell: Generally, it can be challenging to get students to stop texting or checking social networks on their phones during class, resulting in one’s wanting to ban cell phone use and even to resist the idea of using cell phones as learning tools. This is not only self-serving, but
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A QR Code Grammar Activity for the ESL Classroom

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
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By IXCHELL REYES —Book drills can make class time boring and monotonous, especially when practicing grammar concepts. Creating fresh and engaging activities for English learners helps students find meaningful connection to the concepts learned in class (Jensen, 2000). Thankfully, as technological advances bring about a myriad of educational web and mobile applications, teachers can incorporate
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