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Old 09-24-2013, 04:38 AM
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Teaching a Child English

I have a student who recently moved to the Unites States and does not speak a word of English. My school has no bilingual class for her and so she was placed in my room of 28 children. I am not sure how to help her.

Where should I begin to help her learn sight words and sentence structure? I already have one of my other students act as a translator. Thanks.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:43 AM
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Our school was required to provide ELL services outside of the school district since our school/district could not provide them. The students were bussed to a nearby university for ELL classes until they were able to return to the district in regular class settings.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:44 AM
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Look at the resources on Dave's ESL Cafe (google it). Lots of helpful information there, including stuff for newcomers.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:40 PM
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I'm blithely assuming that the language in question is Spanish. Is this student literate in Spanish? If so, that means you don't have to teach her to decode and blend and all, though she will need to learn that "ll" and "j" and vowels work differently in English than they do in Spanish. It also means that she could begin learning vocabulary from bilingual picture dictionaries, either the ones intended for kids (such as Usborne's My First Thousand Words in... series) or the ones intended for adults, many pages of which nevertheless tend to be accessible to kids: Oxford University Press had some lovely picture dictionaries a few years ago (the Arabic-English version was a lifeline for a friend of mine), and I would expect most publishers that publish in language learning to do similarly.

And, yes, indeed, there's Dave's ESL Cafe!
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