Last week, I published Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class, which turned out to be a very popular post.
Since then, I realized I forgot to include a few other strategies:
Though I discussed Google Translate, I forgot to mention its relatively new ability to “read” text, including print textbooks and PowerPoint slides, by using its camera function (see Video: “How Google Translate Makes Signs Instantly Readable”).
In fact, Google just published this video two days ago that highlights that feature and the features I mentioned in the earlier post:
In addition, I neglected to mention the obvious strategy of showing English subtitled with any videos you show.
Finally, this was an idea suggested by one of the credential candidates at my California State University, Sacramento, course: if you are teaching whole novels in your class, why not get a version of it in your ELL’s home language, if available?
I’m always on the look-out for more ideas, so feel free to leave them in the comments section….