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We're all about helping you teach language learners!  Whether you are a K-12 teacher with English Learners, a high school Chinese teacher, a dual language teacher, an adult ESL administrator or Portuguese teacher, or other language teacher we've got classroom teaching materials, teaching tips, and teacher resources to help you teach language.  All of our materials, teaching tips, and teacher resources are based in research on how children and adults best learn language so you can be confident in your purchases and use of our ideas.

Teaching Tips

Colorful Writing

November 19, 2013

Tip: Colorful Writing How do I do it?When students are doing writing projects (e.g. narratives, spelling sentences, journal entries, etc.), encourage them to use “colorful” words.  Model this by showing the students a simple sentence such as “The nice boy let me use his toy.”  Help them brainstorm different ways to say this or to add more detail, such as “The generous boy shared his new Star Wars toy with me.”  Ask them, which sentence sounds more interesting? Which one creates a better image in your head? If you want them to use this strategy in story telling, have them rewrite the sentence “‘Nice to meet you,’ she said.”  Is there a more interesting way to say this?  What about...

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Build A Character

October 31, 2013

  Tip: Build a Character How do I do it?Language learners can benefit from monitoring their reading with visualization to help them comprehend a text.  Visualizing a character and then constructing one from different faces, body parts, and props (with evidence for their choices) is a good way for students to describe characters in a story and make sure they are comprehending the text.  Download our handy build a character worksheet for students to utilize.  As students read the narrative, direct them to choose a character and build a picture of them as they read (or afterwards).  As they read or following reading, students choose body parts and props to build their character.  They must include words with page numbers...

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10 Steps to the Main Idea

October 30, 2013

  Tip: Ten Steps to The Main Idea How do I do it?Finding the theme or main idea of a story can be a challenge for language learners and can require significant support.  The following process will help language learners determine the theme or main idea of a piece of literature and identify the details that support that theme or main idea.    Step 1: Preview the text. Look at the cover and any pictures.  Read the title.  What are key words?  What do you think the text will be about?  What will happen?    Step 2: Preview key vocabulary.  Choose 5-10 words you don’t know.  What do they mean?  Write them down or talk about them.    Step 3: Read the text. ...

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Question Wheel for Literature

October 14, 2013

  Question Wheel for Literature How do I do it? Create a question wheel to assist language learners when having conversations whole class, small group, or with partners about a story that they have read.  Students can share one question wheel or, make multiple wheels for students.  They take turns asking one another questions about parts of the story (setting(s), problem(s) & solution(s), events, chapters/scenes, character(s), and message/lesson).  Spin the center circle to reveal 2-3 questions related to making inferences about that aspect of the story.  Students choose a question to ask and read it to their partner.  To create a the wheel, on cardstock, draw a 7.5 inch diameter circle and smaller 6 inch circle.  Divide them into 6...

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