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Posted on March 1, 2015 3:54 am
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Sapypu
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Language Barrier
I'm very nervous about the next upcoming year. I try to help my students as best I can, but I'm concerned about getting an ESOL student with an uncommon language. Here in Florida, there are usually many Spanish speaking ESOL students, and usually staff who also speak Spanish, but I'm worried about any potential students who speak, say, Russian, or Finnish, or a language that is not common to this area. What are some suggestions you have?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 12, 2015 6:56 pm

buZage
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Visual representations with verbal reinforcement is very important. Repetition is also very important. You might feel silly repeating something time and time again, but every time that you provide a verbal cue with a visual representation, you are helping that student make connections.
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ePuzej
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I agree. Visuals and realia are very important. Use gestures and pair them with a buddy
  Posted on: February 19, 2019 2:56 pm

Joseph Scharfschwerdt
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I like this solution. Repetition makes it easy for them to remember words.
  Posted on: February 25, 2019 3:54 am

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Solution 2
Posted March 2, 2015 3:37 am

vaguPe
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Try the nonverbal technique and include many details and pictures. Don't stress as experiencing different backgrounds will further build you into a more well rounded teacher.
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Joseph Scharfschwerdt
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Good point. There's no way you can prepare yourself for every language and ethnicity, but I'm sure the student knows that.
  Posted on: February 25, 2019 3:56 am

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