Teacher Tip on Spanish Names

Teacher Tip on Spanish Names

Now that you’re able to pronounce students’ names in Spanish, following is a note about the culture.
In Latin America and Spain everyone has two last names. One is paternal and the other is maternal. The last name of the father is first and the last name of the mother is second.
Many teachers make the mistake […]

Tip for Teachers of ELLs: Parent Survey

The following information can help teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) prepare appropriate instruction for their students and across their classrooms. Prepare a one-page parent survey in order to collect background information about each ELL. Some good things to ask about include:

Age of child on arrival to United States
Date of arrival
Circumstances of arrival […]

Teaching Tip: Pronouncing Spanish Names

Imagine the first day of class and being able to pronounce all of your student’s names with confidence. In this section, we’ll examine the Spanish alphabet (el alfabeto or el abecedario) by focusing on pronunciation of the sounds made by each letter. It is recommended to practice repeating these sounds aloud several times.
The vowels […]

Education History in the ELL Classroom

The educational backgrounds of English Language Learners (ELLs) can vary widely. Some have received good educations in their countries of origin, and this experience will help them succeed in their new schools. Some even have more advanced academic skills than many students in U.S. “gifted and talented” programs (Jesness 2004).
Keep […]

Teaching Tip: The Spanish Alphabet

Teaching Tip: The Spanish Alphabet

The Spanish alphabet once had 30 letters. In addition to the 26 letters of the English alphabet, Spanish also included the CH, LL, RR and the Ñ.

But, several years ago three of these letters were eliminated from the alphabet and today only the Ñ remains. The post-1994 Spanish alphabet is made up of […]

Immigration History in the ELL Classroom

English Language Learners (ELLs) range from those who are newly arrived in the country to those who have lived in the United States a while. Some students learning English may even have been born in the Unites States. They would still be considered ELLs if they have been primarily exposed to […]

What’s in a Student’s Name?

What’s in a Student’s Name?

Often, the first knowledge a teacher has of an English Language Learner (ELL) in the classroom is his name on a roster. It may look different from typical U.S. names. You may not know how to pronounce it. Sometimes you may be able to guess what language an ELL speaks by […]

English Language Learners in the Classroom

English Language Learners in the Classroom

Getting to know each student is one of the first steps in providing a welcoming classroom environment for all, and good teachers recognize and celebrate the fact that each of their students are individuals.

It is important NOT to assume that all English Language Learners (ELLs) will learn in the same way. Their […]

Special Ed or Language?

Here’s my understanding of the best approaches regarding “How to Tell if it’s a Special Education of Language Issue” and it centers around the parent as expert concerning their child.

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