ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom: Introduction (00:49)
Over recent decades, the cultural diversity in classrooms has dramatically increased. This program highlights tips and strategies for teaching English as a second language.
How to Help (04:25)
Many people who live in Australia do not speak English as their first language. Teachers need to be aware of the linguistic and cultural challenges ESL students face; hear examples of teacher challenges and how to overcome them. A summary reviews the content discussed in this segment.
Best Practices in the Classroom (03:59)
Several strategies will help ESL students have the best success in a mainstream classroom. Teachers should consider: language demands in lesson plans, how to increase language comprehension, provide ESL students opportunities to use new language, and develop concept checks in the lessons. A summary reviews the content discussed in this segment.
Strategies for Building Learner Confidence (05:34)
Teachers can facilitate language learning in a mainstream classroom. Encourage ESL students' confidence in risk taking, think through the lesson carefully, use language modeling, implement small group work, and allow mistakes. A summary reviews the content discussed in this segment.
Tools and Tips for Teaching Content (04:50)
Subject teachers can help ESL students engage with subject content. Tips include: using non-verbal cues, pre-teaching and chunking learning, encouraging student paraphrasing, using the think-pair-share strategy, checking comprehension, and designing engaging tasks. A summary reviews the content discussed in this segment.
Building Thinking Skills (04:00)
Teachers should refrain from "dumbing down" material for ESL learners; it can lead to disengagement and resentment. Challenge students by using cooperative and cognitive thinking skills, encourage higher order thinking, support individual learning styles, and encourage the sharing of past experiences. A summary reviews the content discussed in this segment.
Credits: Teaching ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom (00:52)
Credits: Teaching ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom
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