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Multilingual Sequencing of Events

Activity: When you have an exercise in which students have to order certain events or tasks, consider writing a few sentences in some of the home languages of that class. As a result the multilingual EAL learners will be needed to complete the exercise as they will have to translate it to their peers. A strong international minded …

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Multilingual Grouping

Multilingual grouping is a fun way of using everyone's L1 and can be used in any EAL or mainstream classroom.The following example is based on a recent Year 7 Geography lesson about Hazards. As a warmer activity, give all students a card with either volcano eruption, earthquake, tsunami/flood or hurricane/typhoon/cyclone on. The students then have …

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My favourite home language quotes – Part 3

My name is Joris and depending in which etymological name dictionary you look it up, it means either farmer or dragon killer. I kind of prefer the first one. The long o sound in Joris doesn't really exist in English amongst other languages and has proven quite tricky for family, friends and people I work with. They usually …

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Multilingual Activities for Fast Finishers

A couple of months ago I came across a gem of an online downloadable resource book called '100 Activities for Fast Finishers' by Rachael Harris . "A hundred different activities which students can undertake autonomously within the language classroom". Most of the activities on my blog are tweaked versions of well-known existing ESL activities. By 'multilingualising' …

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My favourite home language quotes – Part 2

Spanish grannies and Flemish elevators In 2005 I moved to Valencia in Spain and taught ESL for 5 years in a private language academy. My two children were born in sunny Valencia and I can confirm that the Spanish absolutely adore children. People will give up their seat on the bus for young children. Children of all ages are welcomed and will be handed a …

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