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What are some of the ways we engage English-speaking students to encourage language development?
pairing students with language partners/buddy
physically demonstrating terms
Preposition obstacle course, using students' bodies to demonstrate: over/under/across
using sign language
body language: facial cues/signing
predictable/consistent yet flexible
talking about what's happening (expectations) during transitions
using ASL to support language learning
pairing signs and words
common words that are used in routines (i.e. "academic choice")
gesturing or pointing to objects as word is said
"repeat after me" songs and vocabulary
Verbal labelling: "You're holding a spoon. I see your spoon is blue."
paraphrase what they are saying using other language
speaking slowly, repeating beginning sounds
listening lotto for beginning sounds
listen and watch to figure out what they are saying, then repeat the words
signing in in the morning
enhancing elaborate vocabulary by Words of the Day based on our theme: spoken, written i journal, sign language, read in books and used in context
short phrases throughout the day
read books with refrains, simple rhythms
songs and finger plays
labeling play things in the room with pictures
sing and listen to songs and repeat!
playing with language (alliteration, rhyme, etc.)
"I try to find something that they may be wearing for example: Thomas the Train on their shirt and comment on that. Usually the child will tell me something more about that topic."
Link to interests of the child
Point out items and label them
Ask open-ended questions
Encourage children to play with each other and support/facilitate conversation
Mystery box to introduce adjectives
Engage children with simple conversation and direct them toward interests
Read lots and lots of books
Using key phrases in child's home language or lexicon to initiate
play out scenarios
share experiences and commonalities
engage children to share language at all times
give children the words needed
Narration: explaining what is going on throughout interaction
Write their "stories" about pictures they have drawn.
Intentionally engage around food: naming colors, sizes, etc.
telling/retelling stories. When children request a story, ask them to remind me which story they are talking of.
gross motor activities
lots of conversation
repeat back what they say, correctly pronounced
sing, dance, fingerplays
storytelling with and without props
creating, writing, drawing stories together
books in other languages
Books with children who look like those represented in the class
listening center (books on tape)
books on CD
speak at eye level
print rich environment
literacy, reading writing/drawing reflection
Exposure to language
word wall: children practice writing in journals then pick words to carefully add to our wall.
sing songs and read picture books
independent exploration of written words
label classroom with photos and words
songs, reading, games
anything that encourages discussion
lots of conversation throughout the day, especially at the lunch and snack tables
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