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Posted on February 20, 2017 11:36 pm
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aMyvaz
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Lonely Student
One of the ESOL students in my class has no friends and does not talk to anyone socially, other than when directed for school work. How can I help this student make friends?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 25, 2017 7:41 pm

etyWys
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There may be many reasons why this student does not have any friends socially, including shyness. Including the student in group work may help, but what about doing a lesson on different cultures and ensure this student gets the chance to share something special about their culture. Maybe the other students need to know the ESOL student better.
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Jenna Herberson
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Including them in group work is a wonderful solution.
  Posted on: March 6, 2017 4:31 am

yLeQud
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i agree with including them in group work and giving a lesson on different cultures may help the students better understand each others backgrounds
  Posted on: October 14, 2017 10:22 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 23, 2017 2:56 pm

Cortnie
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The student may not be speaking to anyone because they are uncomfortable in their new environment, or do not want to be made fun of for their lack of fluency in their new language. It is not always possible to pair a student with another who speaks their native language, so it is a good idea to create activities that do not require verbal communication, like matching games or illustrations. This is more of a case for support than pushing the student to socialize in a way that makes them uncomfortable.
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Solution 3
Posted February 27, 2017 3:17 pm

Breanna Bunnell
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It may take time for this student to feel comfortable to try to speak English, depending on where he/she stand in language acquisition. I would do activities as a class to get to know each other and to talk with one another. The student will eventually click with someone and socialize.
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Solution 4
Posted February 27, 2017 1:55 am

Allyssa Straquadine
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Something a little out of the ordinary may be to ask the PE teacher for some suggestions. Many times ESOL students can begin to feel more comfortable around their peers when they play sports. Sports are one of those things that the student can be good at without speaking English, and will not be judged on their ability to speak. Physical activity creates a low-stress environment and an alternative way for the students to express themselves. Once they feel more comfortable and relatable around their peers, they may feel more comfortable speaking in class. Kind of an odd solution but it may just do the trick!
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Solution 5
Posted February 27, 2017 3:32 am

beTyZa
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This sounds pretty obvious, but make sure you are accommodating your ESOL students during lessons so that they are learning English efficiently. Maybe you could try and talk to some friendly students and get them to talk to this lonely student.
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Solution 6
Posted February 26, 2017 3:10 am

aZunet
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you can give the class something to do to work towards a common goal. usually if you give students the time to work towards a common goal it gives the possibilities of friendships to spark.
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Solution 7
Posted February 21, 2017 6:18 pm

ytupyQ
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It could be a good idea to introduce that student to other students that speak the same language. They could help the ESOL student better speak english. Sometimes ESOL students feel alienated since they cannot keep up with conversation.
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yLeBun
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I think that is a great idea. I would try getting a group together where it is easier for the ESOL student to communicate.
  Posted on: February 26, 2017 10:10 pm

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Solution 8
Posted October 3, 2017 10:50 pm

yneLaH
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You can help this student make friends by doing an interest inventory in the class. Ice breakers or similar activities would help. For example, students could cross to the other side of a circle if they agree with what is being said, such as, "I like ice cream." This way, students can see that despite their differences, they have similarities.
Additionally, work on creating a community and loving environment in the classroom that facilitates opportunities for students to make friends.
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Solution 9
Posted October 5, 2018 8:46 pm

uDyJeZ
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Try doing a long term group assignment in which students work together in and out of class to collaborate on a project. He may open up with the students he is in a group with since the setting is smaller than in the full classroom
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Solution 10
Posted February 25, 2017 7:02 pm

nydyra
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Not all Spanish speaking students may be ESOL. Your ESOL student should have a partner in class to begin with. This partner, if available, should be a Spanish speaking student who can translate directions as well as bond with them. Otherwise, do more group activities with the students and make sure to pair up your ESOL student with someone who you know is social as well as friendly.
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Solution 11
Posted July 10, 2017 3:29 am

qyGaQa
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Try to create opportunities for students to interact on a more social level than a class activity, like free time and stuff like that. Also, find clubs that the school offers that the student may be interested in and try to get them involved.
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Solution 12
Posted October 4, 2017 7:42 pm

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Is the student's english proficiency level low? Are they new to the US? If so, I'm sure the student is shy about talking to students because they may feel they won't be able to communicate well. I would suggest sitting him next to some higher level students and pairing them with higher level, friendly students in class and during group work. This will hopefully get them a little more comfortable and willing to open up and they learn conversational speak faster this way. Also include this student's native country and culture into the material as often as possibly. This will also get the child to feel more comfortable and may even encourage them to share their insights with the class.
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Solution 13
Posted October 8, 2017 5:13 pm

yZanaJ
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Encourage student in group activities maybe start in small 2-3 student groups. Also have a seating chart set where she may sit with another student who is more social. This will help with language acquisition also. The more social interaction the more comfortable the student will feel. Also I would talk to the ESOL teacher because other students in the school may speak her native language and might be able to get them together for some activities.
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Solution 14
Posted October 8, 2017 11:11 pm

eBenyL
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Try talking to the student and getting to know them better that way you can introduce and encourage the classmates to interact with the student and make friends.
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Solution 15
Posted October 9, 2017 1:27 am

Travis Cannon
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I would sit him next to a more talkative student. If the loudest student in your class can't seem to make him talk then i would assume he is just shy. in that case i would try to set up a situation where him and another shy kid can interact together in peace.
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Solution 16
Posted October 13, 2017 2:55 am

Xaparu
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I think you should maybe pull a few students aside and tell them what ESOL means and see if they are willing to make and effort to become friends with that student.
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Solution 17
Posted February 20, 2018 5:00 pm

WaTeLa
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I work with an ESOL student who in the beginning of the year was very lonely. This was because of the language barrier. Once she started working with her bilingual assistant she was able to learn English at a faster rate, once she was comfortable in her speaking she started making friends.
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Solution 18
Posted February 25, 2018 6:49 am

uBybuz
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If your classroom assigns jobs to the students, try assigning jobs that require him to be social and get to know the students. For example, he can pass out the planners at the end of the day. This would help him learn his classmates names and connect the name to the face. Pair him up with a very active, social student who can help him and show him around.
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Solution 19
Posted October 15, 2018 3:49 am

yHuDeV
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Maybe make a group project that has her connect with other students. Or change the seating chart.
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Solution 20
Posted February 26, 2017 1:51 am

uWuXyj
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ESOL students can be very scared and intimidated when they come to a new place with a new language. Be welcoming and inviting when they come in. If there is not another student in the class that has the same native language, try and talk to the counselor of the school to see if there is a mentor program where the student can have some one they feel comfortable around. if this does not work, talk to the parents and see if they can help. This is a hard adjustment, but make sure the student is supported and given attention.
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Solution 21
Posted February 26, 2017 7:22 pm

beTyze
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You can make group work where you pick the group so they don't feel left out and maybe they will even make a new friend.
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Solution 22
Posted March 6, 2017 2:07 am

beTyze
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Make group work and assign partners.
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Solution 23
Posted February 22, 2017 5:12 pm

Mynuqy
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Try to include him in a lot of group work
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