May 29, 2012

What is the difference between acquiring a language and learning a language?


Acquisition is subconscious, informal and implicit.

Learning is formal, explicit; often grammar based, and tends to move from simple to complex language.


Happy Teaching!

May 19, 2012

Portland, Oregon area ELD teachers rock!

May 11th I was in Portland, Oregon working with area teachers at our Fun To Teach ELD Make and Take Workshop.  What a group of talented teachers!  We had a great day.  Thank you all for your energy and hard work!

 Happy Teaching!
Lori

Blooms Taxonomy and Technology Pyramid

Hi everyone,
This is a great visual to help teachers integrate technology use with Blooms Taxonomy!
Happy Teaching!
Lori

May 11, 2012

Academic Vocabulary

Hi everyone,

Teaching academic vocabulary is always high on our list when teaching second language learners.  I ran across a great video on Academic Vocabulary called: Taking a Closer Look at Academic Language by Elizabeth Coelho .  It is 12 minutes long, so grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!



Happy Teaching!

 

May 9, 2012

Why use songs and chants?

Hi everyone,
I love using songs and chants during my lessons.

Much of the input students receive during ELD is visual.  Songs and Chants offer another venue for students to learn the lesson objective through music and rhythm.

As an ANTICIPATORY SET, Songs and Chants hook the students.  They can set the stage for your lesson and emphasize your language objectives.

Songs and Chants provide the ENGAGEMENT AND MOTIVATION all within the context of learning.  Songs and Chants give meaning to students and they relax as they sing and play.

Songs and Chants can trigger emotions and lower AFFECTIVE FILTERS.  Students socialize through Songs/Chants.  They can listen to themselves sing, and practice the reproduction of English songs while enjoying the rhythm.  Finally, Songs and Chants help second language learners express their feelings.

Songs and Chants can be a perfect addition to any lesson!
Have fun!

Happy Teaching! Lori

May 6, 2012

Using Songs and Chants

FILL IT IN
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This is a great opener after the song/chant has been used for several days.

GROUPING: Small group or whole class.

OBJECTIVE: To practice a song/chant


WHAT YOU NEED:

• Copy the song to use with
overhead, on the document camera or on chart paper
• Blank pieces of paper, small Post it Notes or index cards
• Cover up the vocabulary words or grammatical form you are teaching in the song/chant

HOW TO:

• Sing/say the song/chant
• Stop at the blanks and have
students fill them in

Happy Teaching! 
 

May 4, 2012

More ideas for using songs!

CALL BACK

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Not a song. Not a chant. This is the perfect option for those of us who can’t carry a tune!

GROUPING: Whole class

OBJECTIVE: To practice a song/chant

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Copy the song onto chart paper using black marker

HOW TO:

• Teacher says lyrics from a phrase of line of the song.
•Students repeat with the same intonation.

Dynamic teacher presentation of the lines engages and motivates students.

Happy Teaching!
 Lori

May 2, 2012

Great ways to use songs as lesson openers!

VERY VARIED VOICES

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This is an excellent and fun way to open a lesson. Students practice vocabulary through songs and chants with very varied voices.

GROUPING: Whole class
OBJECTIVE: To practice vocabulary

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Song/chant

HOW TO:

•Sing the song/chant with very varied voices
HERE ARE SOME FAVORITES:
Mouse squeak
Opera singing
Robot voice
Whisper voice
Deep voice
High voice
Hold you nose voice
Growling voice


VARIATION:

Add some very varied actions to your very varied voices.
Suggested Actions:
Movie Star kisses/waves
Dribble and Shoot
Snapping
Jumping Jacks
Weight Lifting
Lumberjack

Happy Teaching!
Lori