“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”~ Hazel Rochman
Session 6
Writing and Reading
Welcome to Session 6 of the EDUC 297-ENL Linguistics class
Readings:CEL “The Medium of Language: writing and reading” (p.177–217)
Linguistics for L2 Teachers
Ch.4– “Social Conventions and English Use” (p.57-84)

Click here to read the discussion on Dos & Don'ts For Teaching ENLs.
Reply to the discussion in the Ning about the strategies you use in your classroom that is effective.

Click here to read the article about Social Conventions and answer the questions

Click here to read the article ~ How Global Language Learning Gives Students the Edge and reply to the discussion

Click here to read the discussion on "Who is a teacher?" and add your response
Watch the video by clicking here

Click here to view the case study titles and brainstorm with your peers on the research question for your case study. Collaborate with your team for suggestions, questions and answers

Click here to read the article on Feedback and add your response with thoughts and inputs.

Discussion on Ning: Click here to add the main thing you took away from the reading and Comment on two others.


Email Reflection Paper
Discussion on Ning: Main thing you took away from the readings and comment

Resources and Links:

Accountable talk - This website gives a great visual model for tracking a classroom conversation. The flow of conversation where the teacher is serving as the facilitator and the talk is student centered instead of being teacher centered.

Fascinating video on how to decipher the 4000 year old Indus script! Rajesh Rao is enlisting modern computational techniques to read the Indus language, the key piece to understanding this ancient civilization. It is enlightening to see how scripts could be studied through patterns without having any knowledge about the symbols. Would love comments on the ning page
Some more links related to the topic for further research:
1. Harappan-Secrets
2.The Indus Script

The magic of words features a daily word with its meaning, etymology, usage and pronunciation. It also offers anagrams, acronyms, dictionary and thesaurus by email.
Spelling city:This website has great resources for analogies, compound words, homophones, homonyms etc.
A to Z Tips for New Teachers by Gail Skroback Hennessey
List of idioms used in other languages:Some of them sound crazy when they are translated into English but it is interesting to see how others see the world.

List of games that can be used in ESL classrooms. Some of them look fun and might be worth trying...

Academic Language and English Language Learners -

Webinar by Dr. Yvonne and Dr. David Freeman.

This video provides an overview to academic language instruction for English Language Learners, as well as teaching strategies, activity ideas, and recommended resources.
The video paired with the transcript from the Colorin Colorado website is so valuable for teachers. The website is a bilingual site for families and educators of ELL’s. Dr. Scarcella informs and gives practical advice for teachers to use immediately. All teachers should view this video regardless of what subject area they teach. Dr. Scarcella’s ideas will work for everyone.

Language skills give urban youth a better future:

The Global Language Project gives students the chance to become proficient in a foreign language, equipping them with useful skills, broader cultural horizons and the chance for a better future

Every Student Response Strategies
TPR ~James Asher’s Total Physical Response- A Short Introduction.

Helping ENL students understand written text- This article is all about how ESL students read texts and how we can help them to better understand what they read.
It's important to note that some reasons ENL students have difficulty understanding text is that it's too small or not copied well, or that the words are too difficult, or a lack of background knowledge. By having a better understanding of WHY students may have difficulty understanding and comprehending text we can better teach them.

Teaching ENL: Reading and Writing Strategies - This website has some ideas from Scholastic on teaching ELL students using various types of activities to help them understand meaning as well.

Lexipedia ~ This is site that could be used for ELLs that have a higher proficiency level of English. This site is great because you can type the word in English and then it creates a word map that includes synonyms, antonyms, and so much more. The site also allows you to put words in Spanish, French, German, Italian and Dutch!

Social Customs and Cultural Differences This website introduces us to some of the more important cultural differences.

The Meaning of Colors ~ Colors mean different things to people of different cultures. Colors also convey messages that go beyond ethnic, racial, or gender boundaries. Click above to know more...

Colors of Mourning ~ As there are many beliefs when it comes to mourning, check this link to learn more about colors and cultures

Video-writing-prompts - Check out this great resource with free lesson plans and writing prompts connected with engaging videos.

Nonverbal Communication ~ Body Language
I thought this video was very interesting! It is amazing what we can learn about someone by observing their body language. We can use our knowledge about body language to figure out how our students are feeling in the classroom.