Tag Archives: primary ESL

Debunking 5 Myths of U.S. Immigration

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The Republican Presidential campaign has added fire to the discussions about immigration in the United States. In this blog,  I would like to review some of the immigration myths that are propagated by politicians and offer resources backing up the … Continue reading

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5 Back-to-School Activities Supporting Student Diversity

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In a previous blog, Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Pre-K-5 ELs, I wrote about how teachers can alleviate many fears experienced by English learners (ELs) who are new to the United States by creating a welcoming environment in their classrooms. … Continue reading

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7 Naming Customs From Around the World

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Immigrant students in the United States  have already suffered the trauma of leaving behind their extended family, friends, teachers, and schools. They enter a U.S. school and can also lose their name. Their name may be deliberately changed by parents or … Continue reading

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6 Activities to Teach ELs About U.S. Independence Day

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Do you need some activities for your ELs during the last week of school, or are you teaching ESL summer school this year? Try these six activities  for teaching ELs about U.S. customs for Independence Day on July 4th. Teach … Continue reading

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9 Ideas to Support ELs’ Social-Emotional Learning

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Social-emotional learning is a process for acquiring life skills, including how to deal with others, build relationships, and work in an effective manner. ELs are thought to be at a higher risk than their general education peers for social-emotional and behavior problems. There … Continue reading

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How to Hold Effective Conferences With Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

When families of English learners (ELs) are actively engaged in the education of their children, those children will attend school more regularly, be less likely to drop out, and be more successful academically. Many classroom teachers do not know how … Continue reading

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4 Strategies for Scaffolding Instruction for ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In this blog, I am going to highlight how teachers of ELs can meet the language needs of their students through scaffolding. Teachers need to take into account the language demands that ELs face in content classrooms and use scaffolding … Continue reading

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Teaching Idioms to Young English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Well-chosen children’s literature can provide an excellent opportunity to explicitly teach the concept of idiomatic language to young English learners.  Thematic units on friendship or feelings are an especially good way to introduce idioms and tie them to the lesson … Continue reading

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Influx of Immigrant Children From Central America

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

One of the top stories in the news during 2014 was about the influx of undocumented immigrant children at the U.S. southern border. More than 60,000 children crossed the border during 2014 seeking refuge in the United States. Many of these … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2015! Teaching Worldwide Celebrations

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Whether your English learners celebrate the New Year on January 1st or not, they will enjoy learning about some famous New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place on December 31st. This is also a great springboard to having your ELs talk and … Continue reading

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