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By The ESL Nexus
Use the 2 handouts in this resource with both fiction and non-fiction texts to give your students practice using reading strategies. If your students know what reading strategies are but only use them in their English class, then these handouts are
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, For All Subject Areas, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.5.10, RL.6.10, RL.7.10, RL.8.10, RI.5.10, RI.6.10, RI.7.10, RI.8.10, RH.6-8.10, RST.6-8.10
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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!βœ“ Please note: This resource is a
Subjects:
Reading, Arithmetic, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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By The ESL Nexus
Scenic images from southern Maine are represented in this set of 8 photographs. Use them when teaching about New England or the 50 States, or whenever you need realistic images of the Atlantic Ocean, lighthouses, or flowers. For personal,
Subjects:
Environment, Other (Specialty), Geography
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
FREE
6 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Celebrate Earth Day with this colorful poster that presents information about the holiday and ways to care for the environment. Using language that your English Language Learners should be able to comprehend, you can display this poster in your
Subjects:
Environment, EFL - ESL - ELD, Earth Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters, Cultural Activities
FREE
4 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Filled with activities and ideas you can use right away, this sampler includes 20 freebies that address the needs of English Language Learners at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of English language proficiency. Just click on the
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, ESL / ELL / EFL
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Activities, EBooks
FREE
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By The ESL Nexus
This freebie includes 1 clip art image based on a photograph of an artifact and 3 writing prompts about that same artifact that I purchased when I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This resource is a sampler from a
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Clip Art, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.2, W.8.4...
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By The ESL Nexus
This FREEBIE offers 3 short reading passages about China and a writing and discussion activity about the passages. Your students will practice the following concepts: reading for comprehension, finding the main idea, finding supporting details, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.2
FREE
14 ratings
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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 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Display these multilingual posters in your classroom or hallway and promote peace around the world. There are 15 posters and each one says Peace in a different language. In addition, 8 ways to use these posters for instructional purpose are also
Subjects:
World Language, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
FREE
26 ratings
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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, cuisine throughout the ages, and collecting postcards. You can follow me on My Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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