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Posted on April 18, 2013 7:57 pm
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N Gunnin
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For your first few years as an ESOL instructor, you were provided with a bilingual assistant. You took her for granted, and now that she has moved on, you realize that you need help! The children that she used to communicate with and instruct in their native language are now asking you for help, and need assistance in their native language. What can you do to help this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 8:08 pm

Saoirse Ibarguen
Saoirse Ibarguen
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Translators and interpreters are not always available for ESOL teachers, so I would try to be prepared for this situation. I would make sure that I am expressive and use very clear gestures when speaking to students that need my assistance. I would give the student access to a dictionary that includes both English, and the student's native language. They would be allowed to consult this dictionary at any time. If possible, I would learn basic phrases in the student's language. This is not very difficult to do, and the student would surely appreciate it.
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ypuqum
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I agree with this solution. The ESOL students are learning an entirely new language. It would not hurt the teacher to learn a couple of helpful phrases.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 7:40 pm

Brianne Blowers
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I think that providing the students with a dictionary would greatly help them. Also, learning basic phrases in their native language will show them that you care about their culture as well as help you communicate with them better without the assistant there.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 8:05 pm

Kady Schlemmer
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I think it would be nice for the teacher to learn key words and phrases, if only to show the students that they are making an effort to help them learn.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 7:27 pm

Kathy Allen
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Making an effort to learn some key words and phrases can be very beneficial for the student.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 7:49 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 19, 2015 5:29 pm

yHeGyV
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It is time to implement a lot of the strategies that you have learned as a pre-service teacher. Gestures, visuals, simple questions, and electronic translation devices can be utilized. A bilingual assistant is nice, but what happens when you get a student that speaks another language than the first student and the assistant. As a teacher, you will have to focus on strategies that teach the content while using concrete objects or visuals to reinforce was is being taught.
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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2015 1:10 am

ajybus
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A helpful accommodation to provide to these ESOL students is to provide them with directions written in their native language. Another helpful accommodation is to learn key phrases in the students native language to help further direct students. It is also beneficial to use gestures and visuals associated with directions or instruction. Key visuals to use during instruction include graphs and pictures to demonstrate the concepts being taught to ESOL students.
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