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    My ESOL students
    By Jackie

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    I teach kindergarten in Maryland and half of my class of 20 are eligible for ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) services. This obviously has a great impact on our classroom. Our school community has children from India, Pakistan, South America and Asia. I just finished taking an inservice for classroom teachers with ESOL students which was very helpful to me. It offered many suggestions for increasing comprehensiblity and interaction in lessons with ESOL students. Luckily, in kindergarten, much of what we do is beneficial to students who are learning English, as well as those who are not. The alphabet, print concepts, vocabulary, social language, etc. are things that all kindergarten children are learning so the playing field is level in many respects. The real challenge comes in the intermediate grades when the ESOL students need to gain those alphabet, vocabulary and print concepts when the rest of the class is beyond that.

    So, I'm not sure that I've actually answered your question. But I hope this helps you somewhat!
    Jackie



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