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Posted on October 18, 2015 4:03 pm
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yQuQaH
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Non speaking ESOL Student
I teach a kindergarten ESOL student in an Early Intervention Program math classroom. He comprehends English but appears to be a selective mute. He has only spoken a few words to me since the beginning of the year, yet he can follow all verbal directions given in English. What is the best way to increase his speech in the classroom?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 18, 2015 5:04 pm

MePyJy
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You say that he is understands all of the verbal commands given in English, which would mean to me that he understands the basic English language. Most of the time it sounds like he only talks when he is ready to. This could be considered that child's silent period, were he just wants to take in that language and not try to use it unless required to. Unless you need him to talk during class I would not think that you should be worried and let him learn like this as is becuase he might just start talknig on his own. If it is truely important to get him to talk in class, pair him up a with a buddy or make more group work so he will interact with more people and more likey be requreied or willing to talk.
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Dan G
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Pairing him up with a buddy is a great idea.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 8:50 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 8:48 pm

Dan G
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Try and find something the student is interested in. Observe characters on his clothes, backpack, shoes, folders, supplies, etc. Generally if you can find something a child is interested in the student will speak more often.
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ezyHes
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I like this one TOGETHER with the first solution.
  Posted on: March 6, 2016 5:20 pm

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Solution 3
Posted July 10, 2017 3:12 am

uReZyW
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This is a very common concern among teachers. You are trying your best but the student is not talking to you. I agree with the first post. The silent period is part of the learning process. ESOL students need to have a comfort zone. I will recommend praising his progress and possible rewards. By doing that you will be creating a "different" kind of comfort zone where he/she feels accepted. Pairing him with a buddy is a great idea too.
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Solution 4
Posted July 11, 2016 2:59 am

PuWupe
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I think that one possible solution could be making the teaching lessons related to something that he likes maybe a specific sport or cars.
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Solution 5
Posted July 10, 2016 7:48 pm

juWuPe
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This is the process, I would use visuals until he feels comfortable to start expressing his emotions and needs verbally.
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