The ESL Nexus

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By The ESL Nexus
This free sampler offers 3 short reading passages about Chinese history and culture. Comprehension questions about the passages are included and an answer key is provided for your convenience. Your students can do the work individually, in pairs,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, Cultural Activities, Centers
CCSS:
CCRA.R.2
FREE
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By The ESL Nexus
Students practice reading number and color words to solve 12 basic arithmetic problems, then use the answers to color in a picture of a menorah with this fun activity. Just photocopy the pages and you're all set!โœ“ Please note: * This resource is a
Subjects:
Reading, Arithmetic, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
FREE
3
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By The ESL Nexus
What do you know about working with English Language Learners? Take a short quiz that asks if 8 common assumptions about ELLs are True or False, then learn what the research says about each assumption. Finish by writing a short reflection about
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Development
FREE
3
Video & Supporting Information
Duration: 06:06
By The ESL Nexus
This resource presents 4 English words that come from Hebrew, the ancient language of Judaism. You may recognize a couple of these words with Hebrew origins but the others will probably surprise you. You can use this resource when teaching about
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Hebrew
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Flash Cards, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
Digital Download PDF (4.59 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I specialize in creating low-prep, academically engaging resources for English Language Learners in Mainstream and ESL classes. Over a period of 25 years, I taught English Language Learners of all ages and proficiency levels at universities in Asia, private language programs in the US and finally at a public school in Massachusetts where I began by teaching Grades K - 8 and ended up teaching students in Grades 3 - 8. I taught English Language Development as well as Content-Based ESL that focused on Social Studies (Ancient History, World History, American History, World Geography); I also did push-in and pull-out Math and Science lessons for ELLs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I loved helping adolescent English Language Learners develop their language, critical thinking and technology skills. I had high expectations for my students and I knew that with support, they could all be successful. I worked hard to create an atmosphere where students felt comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions because I believe that fostered their motivation and desire to learn. I embedded technology in my lessons as much as possible, but it was the human connection I made with each individual student that was most important to me as a teacher. I also really enjoyed collaborating with other teachers and helping them provide effective instruction to the English Language Learners in their classes. Some of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came from co-teaching lessons. I shared ideas with other teachers and implemented cross-curricular activities for students whenever possible to enhance their learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ING Unsung Heroes Award in 2010; interviewed by Voice of America in 2008 about an online journal I founded and published for ELL teacher trainers; Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India in 2007; nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001; presented at educational conferences in the US, Canada, and China; published articles about teaching English Language Learners in professional journals and books.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Brown University (anthropology); M.A. School for International Training (intercultural administration); M.A.T. School for International Training (teaching English to speakers of other languages); numerous courses, workshops and in-service trainings on all aspects of teaching English Language Learners; studied French in an intensive summer program in Quebec; high school exchange student to Sweden for one year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests include photography, the Old West, culinary history, and playing table tennis. You can follow me on The ESL Nexus Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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