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Posted on February 22, 2016 6:14 pm
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Victoria Horn
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Teaching Different Levels of ESOL
I am currently interning inside an ESOL classroom and there are so many students at different levels. The teacher is struggling to teach so many at once. I feel sorry for her because she has to work so hard and the students are everywhere on their levels. What would you recommend for her as a teacher?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 25, 2016 10:25 pm

BeMyDu
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Hi Victoria,
I have been volunteering in a middle school ESOL classroom that also has varying levels of proficiency. The teacher in this classroom teaches to the level of proficiency in the following ways: She has leveled readers, where students read on the level they are proficient in. She also has what she calls “survival skills” books that are designed to help English Language Learners. It is a Leap Frog pad, with a stylus. A book is attached to the pad and the students are able to touch something in the book and have the text read to them. Even more basic are cards with words that students can learn by looking at the picture, have the word read to them, and see the word used in a sentence. The ESOL computer program that is used in this middle school is also leveled and students work on their level until they have mastered that level, before moving up to the next level. You can continue to witness the leveling in the questions the teacher asks her students. For those students on the lowest level, the questions are Who? and What? The next layer is placed on top for the next level, answering questions of Why? and How? Assessments are also given by proficiency level and not grade level.
I hope this helps!
Roberta
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Kady Schlemmer
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That is a very helpful solution! Very thoughtful to reach out to student regarding their ability vs. their grade level. It will ensure that they get the appropriate help they need.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 7:22 pm

LuLyHa
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If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this.
  Posted on: July 10, 2016 6:27 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 12, 2017 10:30 pm

jysema
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What I would suggest for the teacher is to present assignments in a light where they are able to work together. For example- different level of paragraphs for the students to read but still answer the same questions.
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Solution 3
Posted July 8, 2018 9:16 pm

ehaJaT
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I think this would be very difficult to solve. As the struggling teacher, I would reach out and try to find help getting suggestions. For example, maybe there is a sight like this one for teachers already in the field. I would reach out to the students other teachers and try to collaborate and get them on board to help in any way possible that would lighten the burden on the stressed ESOL teacher.
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