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    Default Russian Roullette

    I am a science teacher in an inner city school. We are closely associated with the Universities and a lot of ethnic/multicultural pupils are coming into our catchment area. They are usually Libyan or Iranian but a recent addition has been a Russian pupil aged 14. Her English is poor bt she is bright. How can I communicate more effectively when Biology is such a vocabulary driven subject?
    Any suggestions on resources/activities which we can use in school and that she can use with the support of her mother?

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    Is there and ESL programme in the school? If not, are there any other options for her to take an ESL course elsewhere?

    The problem is that it would be quite a job to create science based materials. There are things around (http://www.usingenglish.com/amazon/us/1552440869.html), but most are aimed at higher levels. You could try here to see if there are any sites that might help: http://www.usingenglish.com/cgi-bin/...?query=science

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    Default Re: Russian Roullette

    Yes, but why you have named the thread Russian Roulette?

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    May be it makes sense to compile a glossary for her? I understand it's enourmous work, but there may be some ready-to-use glossaries in the net, I mean explanatory ones. Let she ask questions any time she doesn't make out a term.

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    Thanks for your input. I have supplied her with a list of key words for the topic which have the definitions in English as a clozed exercise. She uses this with a dictionary. There is EAL support in the school but they are geared towards the islamic community and are hard pressed across the city. As for the title..it's catchy...innit.

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    Yes, catchy title.

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