ELL (English Language Learners) Teachers?
A lot of school districts in the country, not only in the Southwest or near the Mexican border, but across the nation, many teachers are seeing possibly an increase in ELL students, particular of Hispanic students. For example, some schools in New York City, like M.S. 45 (John S. Roberts Middle School) in East Harlem, an educator conducts part of the subjects with ELL Hispanic students all in Spanish. There are ELL teachers teaching different age groups and various levels. Some excellent resources and articles have been posted on ELL education. Below, the first link, “What Do We Know about Dual-Language Learners in PreK?” (Early Education Watch), gives some excellent information that may be useful when preparing to teach ELL students some topics in Spanish. Note that these resources can also be used with students who are studying Spanish as a foreign language and who have achieved a more advanced level of proficiency, to encourage fluency in all topics in the target language.
When teachers are working with, for example, ELL students who are Spanish Speakers (which may account for a very significant percentage of ELL students in the US), it is possible to use all kinds of more advanced materials in a wide variety of subjects and topics. EDSITEment will be offering soon a compilation of materials that can be most useful for teachers in ELL settings, especially those which include good interactive activities, as well as foreign language teachers. Some great resources on the Web and the interactives they offer are included here too. Does anybody else have more ideas or websites, particularly in the Humanities, they can recommend? Here are two great examples. The first is on the environment, featuring “Fans of the Planet” (“Fans del Planeta”), and the second is on a variety of subjects like Ancient Greece, The Solar System, Einstein, etc., from the children’s museum in Mexico City.
Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT, is the Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico)
The resources you see on this website may not seem as though they could be used effectively in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. However, there is a section with interactive activities for children to educate, not only in Spanish as a language, but also about environmental issues. This is great for students with advanced, or intermediate proficiency to aid them to expand their vocabulary. The site for kids is called “Fans del Planeta” (or “Fans of the Planet”), at: http://www.fansdelplaneta.gob.mx/
There are even some virtual excursions that take students to different landscapes and wild places in Mexico, where they can read about trips. This section could be most useful also to have writing exercises so students can write about the virtual excursion they “took” and then the students can present their essay to classmates, or to the entire class. There are different sections, including “Fans of Adventure,” “Fans of Green,” “Fans of Animals.” Other sections include locating on a screen wild species in danger of extinction, and clicking on them as “wildlife photographers,” at: http://www.fansdelplaneta.gob.mx/juegos
Some great slogans to inspire students also appear on this site, including slogans such as “You are not worth for what you own, but for what you are” in the section of “Fans of Green” at http://www.fansdelplaneta.gob.mx/verde
Papalote Museo del Niño (Kite Children’s Museum)
This is the children’s museum in Mexico City. The website, http://www.papalote.mx/
includes resources all in Spanish for both educators and children. For educators, you can select the sign that reads “profesores” and enter a collection of activities (it reads “guía de actividades”) to be used in the classroom on a wide variety of subjects presented with visuals and activities for children. A book will appear on the screen, and each page displays a different educational activity or lesson in subjects as varied as astronomy, construction or Albert Einstein, or lesson plan, there is a link to open the full guide for the teachers to use, “descargar guía.” There are guides for the teachers’ use and there are guides for different age groups.