The strategy that I am about to introduce you to comes directly from the field of linguistics. It’s sometimes referred to as “phrase markers”, at other times syntax trees. I call it simply “sentence trees” as that’s what they are – trees, diagrams or graphic organisers showing interrelationships … Read the rest
This blog post is slightly different. Rather than focus on one particular strategy, I take a free resource for the subject of Drama from the TES Resources website and exemplify for focusing on a language element (e.g. tense) will allow us to come up with appropriate EAL differentiation.
Splitting a text you work with for pair work for the purposes of improving your learners’ listening and speaking skills is a great EAL strategy. Split dictation is a great way of doing this – two students receive the same text, but with different portions of it turned into gaps; … Read the rest
In this seventh episode of our series, we’re going to talk about a particularly useful strategy for EAL learners called “Barrier Games”. It is very useful for developing both listening and speaking skills – it is about exchanging information about a topic between two students in a situation where one … Read the rest
Dictogloss is a fantastic way of encouraging your EAL learners to write a more extended piece of text; it includes developing their listening comprehension and note-taking skills through a collaborative learning method, all within the content-based language teaching pedagogy.
Tomorrow, I am going to begin to teach a short unit … Read the rest
This time, we are focusing on the subject of English. The topic is poetic terminology. This was used with students who had already been aware of some of the terms, but were now introduced to new ones, namely personification, alliteration, metaphor, simile, rhyme and power of three. The objective was … Read the rest
This short blog post is an example of my collaboration with a history teacher at my school. Unlike the other recent posts, this is not an example of a lesson I myself delivered. Rather, I suggested certain activities be used during the lesson, but I was not able to present … Read the rest
In this History lesson with my newly arrived EAL learners, we were talking about allies and enemies in the World War 2. The content target was for students to be able to tell who were the allies and who were their enemies – based on 7 different countries – and … Read the rest
I am beginning a new approach to my posts with this one. You can either watch the YouTube video below or read the article under it: the content is the same. You choose your medium. You might get some more images in the video than you get … Read the rest