Quick Tips for Supporting K-12 Newcomer ESL Students
In The Mainstream Classroom
o Ask your students to imagine that their parents took them to another country to live.
o Brainstorm with them how they would feel.
Children may demonstrate physical alignments or display a wide variety of unusual behavior such as tantrums, crying, aggression, depression, tendency to withdraw, and sleeplessness.
Here are some ways to actively engage your newcomers in language learning.
o Have students copy alphabet letters, numbers, their name, your name, the names of other students in the class, and beginning vocabulary words.
o Have them draw pictures to demonstrate comprehension of what they are copying.
o While this is not popular in American schools today, it is common in many other countries.
o Initially, parents and students often feel more comfortable if they can see some kind of end product.
o You may wish to have students learn sight words, poems, chants, songs, lists, and spelling words through rote learning.
o Each newcomer has many strengths that he or she can share with the class.
o When appropriate include them as resources so they too can be seen as important members of the group.
o Areas of expertise might be computers, math, origami, art work, etc.