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    ELL student
    By ck

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    I have also worked with ELL children (& families). As a teacher, you will have to remember to teach visually. Since you are a new teacher, this may actually be easier for you as you haven't become used to teaching in a certain way. When doing any planning, think specifically about how you can present the lesson using lots of visuals. Don't aim your actions strickly towards your one student, but towards the whole class (I'll bet a lot of them are visual leraners as well!). When you want them to take out their rulers & a pencil, hold up a ruler and a pencil. Hold up the Math book, Science book, etc.
    Also keep in mind that children (people)will often be able to understand a language before they can speak it, so the child may actually have some understanding of English, but is unable to respond in kind. Children are flexible, usually adapt easily and are quick learners.
    Your district should be responsible for providing translation services for home-school communication. I have found a free translation web site that I have been using for translating my newsletters into Spanish & the families have told me (through translator) that it does a good job. I have also used this site to translate quick notes to home. (Our building has only 1 ELL person who is very overworked, so I use the web site instead of having her translate & retype a lot of things.) Try: http://translator2.paralink.com/
    It only translates 1000 characters free at a time, so long messasges may have to be done in chuncks.
    Good Luck!


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