Saturday, December 26, 2015

Excited to Be Working With You!

Hello Teachers!  This school year I will be posting some tools and resources under the "Freebies" tab.     It will include letters sent home to parents and letters sent in your mailboxes in case you ever lose a copy or want to refer back to something.

Hope you find this helpful.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Parent Resources

*A Guide for Parents of English Language Learners in New York State

       Spanish version

More Than Just a Library

A great way to promote English language learning is to join your local library. To become a member of The Library you will need to bring a piece of mail, or a bill which shows your proof of residence.
Not only does the library have countless books for you and your children, it also has many parental resources, as well as events, and programs taking place in the facility and the community, including free museum passes.

Next time you go to the library, ask the libriarian for "Books on CD". Your children can actually put the CD into a player and listen to as well as read along to a story that is being read to them! This is a great way to develop intonation, pronunciation, reading and listening comprehension.  E-books can be accessed as well.

Ways to Promote Language Learning at Home

Promoting Language Learning at Home:

1). Begin reading to your child at an early age, and as often as possible, in your native language, as well as in English. If a child is literate in their native language, they will then be able to more easily transfer that information into the English language.

2). Visit your public library with your child. Help your child choose appropriate books to read together.

3). Keep many types of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) in your native language and in English in your home. Encourage older siblings to read to their younger siblings. This helps develop reading and listening comprehension skills for both children. 

4). Ask your children questions about what they have read, such as:
          -  What is happening in the story?
          -  What do you think will happen next?
          -  How do you think the character feels? Why?
          -  What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

Asking these type questions can help children become more excited about reading, as well as more responsible for their own learning.

5). Take your children to places in the community that offer educational activities and learning experiences. Talk to them about what they are seeing. Provide them with names of new objects. Answer questions they may have.

6). Discuss things that happen in school every day. Engage your children in conversation about their favorite subjects and teachers, as well as any special events happening in school.

7). Find opportunities for your child to write frequently in their native languages as well as English. Keeping a daily writing journal, writing down recipes, creating shopping lists or writing notes/letters for family members is a great way to do this.

8). Select television programs that you and your child can watch and discuss. Change the setting on your TV for Closed Captioning to be On, to read the words on the TV screen.  Limit the amount of time your child watches television and encourage them to read, write, listen to music, or talk with family members and friends.

Helpful Websites

Helpful Links to Know:

Translate from various languages to English at Free Translation

Learn about countries around the world at Time for Kids

Look up the meaning of words at Word Central

Activities for ESL students at a4esl

Resources for Teachers:

Creative art projects at Crayola

Curriculum support at abcteach and Enchanted Learning (passwords needed)

Reading Resources:

Tumblebooks (password needed)

Raz Kids (password needed)


Little Explorers Picture Dictionary

Picture Dictionary

Pre-Reading and Writing

Fact Monster

Read Aloud Stories:

Storyline Online

Bookflix (password needed)

Videos and Animated Curriculum Across all Subject Areas:

Discovery Education (password needed)

Brainpop Jr (Grades K-2)

Brainpop (Grades 3-5)

Fun Websites:

Comic Strip Maker

Thursday, December 3, 2015

NYSESLAT 2016 School Year

At the end of school year,  your child takes the NYSESLAT. This is a New York State ESL exam which measures English Language Proficiency. This is the exam that determines a student's ESL level for the following year, as well as whether or not a student is ready to exit the ESL program.

An updated informational brochure describing the NYSESLAT and how it measures the progress of LEP students will be posted on the Department's web siteThe brochure will be available in English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Parents are also able to access test samplers on this site.

April 12 - 
May 13

Reading, Writing, Listening:
May 2 - 
May 13

What Is ENL?

What is ENL (ESL)?

  ENL is an acronym standing for English as a New Language.

  ENL instruction occurs IN ENGLISH using language acquisition methodologies such as numerous hands-on activities, pictures, songs, poems, body movements and gestures, and realia to teach English vocabulary.

  English vocabulary can be taught through thematic units which are content based.  Instruction can occur in the mainstream classroom and/or in a stand-alone ENL classroom.

ENL Teacher

I am thrilled to announce I have accepted a position as an ENL Teacher!  Please stay tuned for some resources for the 2016 school year!