I serve all English learners in my school and teach all of the recent newcomers. I serve students from all corners of the world, from Central America and South America, to Asia, the Caribbean and more. My students are navigating the challenges of living in a new country, away from their friends and extended family, while having to learn not only English as fast as they can, but the hard content taught at the middle school level as well. Sometimes, my students lack the necessary previous academic readiness to acquire language fast and learn new content knowledge and skills.
Research in Second Language Acquisition tells us that learning the academic language necessary to meet the rigor of content-related, grade-level skills at the secondary level may take between 4 and 8 years. To meet my ESL students' needs and help them acquire English as fast as possible so that they can successfully function in the rest of the secondary classrooms, I am constantly creating manipulatives, flashcards, language games, jigsaw reading activities, and visually-appealing interactive materials for every step of the lessons. With distance learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am having to replicate all types of interactive activities digitally. Your contribution will help me purchase ready-made digital files that can be easily shared with them online so they can continue learning and accessing linguistically accommodated content during this challenging time.