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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality

Fears that President Trump was going to do exactly what he said he would do as a candidate about immigration appear to be becoming a reality.

Lawmakers, After Meeting With ICE, Say All Undocumented Immigrants at Risk of Deportation is the headline of a lead NBC News story this morning.

Here’s an excerpt:

This meeting comes after a week of raids across the country (see Immigration Raids Across The Country – Is This Just The Beginning? (If It Is, Here Are Helpful Resources) ), along with the arrest of a DACA-protected immigrant in Seattle,  the arrest of an undocumented immigrant seeking court protection from domestic violence, and specific news reports on White House plans to end DACA.

Stress levels in many schools around the country, including my own, are increasing because of these actions, and there has been support, and some resistance, in school districts where teachers are providing support to immigrant students.

I have been collecting resources to teachers (and their students) on strategies to deal with ICE raids here.  You might also find The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress helpful.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees.

February 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Immigrants In Our Community Are A Gift”

Gail Desler – with the support of educators and students – has organized the fabulous Time Of Remembrance website documenting Japanese-American internment in World War Two, along with the Vietnam War.

Because of my work with Hmong refugees, I was honored to received an invitation to be interviewed as part of the project.

The full video is thirty-six minutes along. ELL teachers might find it useful, since I discuss a wide-ranging list of issues, including the importance of looking at our students through the eyes of assets and not deficits, inductive learning, concept attainment, parent engagement, professional development and many other items of possible interest.

If you go to the video at the Time of Remembrance website, it has an outline and summary of what’s covered in different sections of the video.

I’ve embedded the full video below. In addition, I’ve also embedded a short clip that Time Of Remembrance has created from the original full-length video:

February 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Right – & Wrong – Way To Apologize

I have often written about the importance of teachers saying that they’re sorry when we mess-up, which is often. You can see many of those past posts at The Best Resources On The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry.”

Now, The Science of Us, a feature of New York Magazine, has published a very useful article headlined The One Word That Can Screw Up an Apology.

In addition to explaining the damage “but” can do, it also offers a lot of other good advice for making effective apologies…

February 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s A Lesson – & A Template – That Intermediate ELL Students Taught Beginners

I’m a fan of regularly trying to create situations where students teach their classmates (see The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More).

This year, my Intermediate ELL History classes, led by talented student teachers, have been teaching my Beginning ELL students.

The template of the lessons (lasting fifteen or twenty minutes) is having each Intermediate teach one-or-two Beginners in small groups. They introduce six or so new words and help Beginners learn their meaning. Then they introduce a very short-and-simple Read Aloud that uses those pre-taught words. Then, they show their “students” a related picture and teach a few more words related to the image. Finally, the “teachers” helps the “students” write sentences about the picture on little whiteboards.

You can download the student/teacher template and planning sheet here.

One of my student teachers, Mary Stokke, developed yesterday’s lesson on knights in the Middle Ages. You can download it here. Afterwards, everybody watched the move Excalibur for the rest of the period.

Next, the history students will start creating their own lessons (based on a common topic the class has studied) to teach to the Beginners.

It seemed to go pretty well.

Suggestions for how to improve it are welcome.

January 31, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Everything Is Crazy, So What Do We Teachers Do In Class This Week?

Things continue to get crazier and crazier – The Wall, refugee ban, firing of the Attorney General.

Today, I just had student share how they were feeling, assured them they were welcome at our school, and told them to let me know if anyone – inside or outside of school – made them or their families feel unwelcome.

Tomorrow, our ELL U.S. History class will do a refresher lesson on the Branches of Government and separation of powers.

What Do I Say to Students? is from Teaching Tolerance and is filled with good suggestions and resources.

Here is a lesson plan that is perfect for this week: NY Times Learning Network Provides Excellent Lesson Plan On Refugee Ban

3 Ways to Address the Latest News on Immigration With Your Students is new from Facing History.

I wrote a series of posts last year on Islamophobia and schools.

A Look Back: “Wash. Post Publishes Letters From My Students To Trump (ELL Sentence Frames Included)” is also still timely and useful.

Feel free to offer other ideas and resources in the comments section.

January 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Learning Network Provides Excellent Lesson Plan On Refugee Ban

The New York Times Learning Network has just published an excellent lesson plan on President Trumps refugee ban, Analyzing Trump’s Immigration Ban: A Lesson Plan.

It’s great “as is,” but it would also be easy to modify by adding different or more up-to-date (things are moving fast) resources from The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees.

Good luck to us all as we grapple with this issue in our classrooms!

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