The Multilingual Odd One Out

Activity: Give your learners three or four target words in some of the languages that are spoken in the classroom. First ask the students who don't speak that language whether they recognize the languages and perhaps the meaning of the words. If not, ask the students who do speak that language to clarify. At this moment, if time allows, get …

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How similar are these words?

Cognates are an obvious bridge to the English language and are particularly common in content areas such as Maths, Science, and Social Studies. However, many English words might also be related through other word forms or word associations. To introduce new content-related academic vocabulary,  ask your students to group them in three categories: Cognate, Somehow …

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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 Memory

If we want classrooms to be metacognitively aware of language use then our EAL learners are some of the best resources we have to achieve this                                    Diane Leedham Activity: Students translate target vocabulary into their home language and play memory. When a card is turned the student who speaks that language says the word in her/his language …

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