We all have lots of expertise and at least one favorite or "best practice" lesson. April is the month for us to take a moment to explore our "personal best" and share with each other. These can be single focus or interdisciplinary lessons.
One of my favorites with ELLs of all ages is refining fluency of oral language skills - pronunciation, enunciation, speed and volume. I like to introduce oral fluency with a Scholastic paperback - Sally's Seashells - a book of tongue-twisters. Kids have lots of fun trying to say these - our goal is to say each on 5x with speed while being clear enough for others to understand.
We also have fun listening to each other using a microphone - I have Easy-speak which plugs into computer and downloads student recordings, which we playback and assess. There's a rubric for oral language to help provide feedback on these oral skills.
I attached a copy of some of my favorite tongue twisters...Hope you enjoy these! Let me know if you try them.
Looking forward to seeing some of your ideas, too...
- tongue twister.doc (24.0 K)