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    Advice for Teachers

    Hello,

    I am currently in my first year as a part-time ESL teacher in various public schools in Pennsylvania. I'm getting a lot of questions from content teachers about assessing Level 1 language learners, and I'm struggling with practical advice to give them. I've had coursework on designing both language and content objectives and ensuring language learners are still able to access the content despite language barriers. Designing assessments for Level 1 learners is complicated and has to reflect modified instruction as well, and I'm struggling with how to communicate this to teachers who have limited experience with EL's in their classrooms. I provide all teachers with WIDA can-do descriptors for the students in their classes as well as SDAIE strategies for working with EL's, but maybe there are other resources I should be offering.

    Any advice or resources is appreciated!

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    Re: Advice for Teachers

    For those of us from outside the US, what is Level 1?

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    What's an EL?
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    Re: Advice for Teachers

    A level 1 is a student who is just beginning to learn English and can only speak and understand single words or phrases at most.

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    Re: Advice for Teachers

    An EL is an English Learner or a student who is learning English as a second language.

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    So I was an EL at one time.
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    Re: Advice for Teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by ohepler View Post
    A level 1 is a student who is just beginning to learn English and can only speak and understand single words or phrases at most.
    That was me at some point.
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    Re: Advice for Teachers

    Two things. One, how old are your ELs? Two, it should be:

    Amy help would be appreciated.
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    How advanced is the content part?

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    Re: Advice for Teachers

    I'd like to help but I can understand hardly anything about the situation you're in.

    Quote Originally Posted by ohepler View Post
    I am currently in my first year as a part-time ESL teacher in various public schools in Pennsylvania. I'm getting a lot of questions from content teachers about assessing Level 1 language learners, and I'm struggling with practical advice to give them.
    1) What's a content teacher? An ESL teacher or a teacher of another subject?
    2) Why are these teachers asking you about this?
    3) What is it exactly they want to know about assessing learners?
    4) How is it they don't know how to do this? They're teachers.

    I've had coursework on designing both language and content objectives and ensuring language learners are still able to access the content despite language barriers.
    I don't understand what that means. Are you talking about course planning or assessing?

    Designing assessments for Level 1 learners is complicated and has to reflect modified instruction as well
    What's modified instruction?

    I provide all teachers with WIDA can-do descriptors for the students in their classes as well as SDAIE strategies for working with EL's, but maybe there are other resources I should be offering.
    Yes, that's exactly right. Use can-do descriptors. That's all you need. The skill is in working with them.

    I still don't really understand how a group of teachers cannot know the basics of teaching. Do you not have a head of department, or director, or somebody whose job is to tell you what to do?

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