ESL - Best Practices
Language is more that
just a group of words.
It is an expression of self in a culture.
- In order to communicate effectively
through a new language, it is helpful to practice different
aspects of the language:
grammar/spelling/vocabulary in speaking and writing
- Effective pronunciation
- Wide context
- Cultural appropriateness
- Body expression
- Appropriate dress and
Intelligences (9 Intelligences) (10m on each)
Objectives and Assessments in Student Terms)
Sir Isaac Newton
Scientific reasoning and thinking skills that are dominated
by inductive reasoning techniques such as finding patterns,
identifying abstract concepts, searching for relationships
and connections, classifying, categorizing, sequencing and
Solving problems with logic, calculating math problems
quickly, and preference for seeing things categorized in a
logical sense of order.
Sensitivity to logical patterns and relationships,
statements and propositions, functions, and other
http://www.funbrain.com/cashreg/index.html - Save money into
your bank by figuring out the correct change
Reasoning – Dog Show
If there are 196 legs and 126 eyes at the dog show,
how many people and how many dogs are present? (All the people and
all the dogs at the show have the normal number of eyes and legs.)
There are 28 people and 35 dogs.
First, since dogs and people both have 2 eyes,
divide 126 by 2. There are 63 at the dog show. You know that dogs
have two more legs than humans. There are 70 more legs than eyes.
Half of 70 is 35. Subtract 63-35=28. So there could be 35 dogs and
28 people. (or 28 dogs and 35 people) To check if there are 35 dogs,
multiply 4x35=140 then add 28x2=56 for the number of human legs.
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- Van Gogh
- M. Pei
- Claude Monet
The ability to visualize an image or idea and to create
mental pictures. Color plays an important role in this
Enjoyment of drawing, painting, sculpting, working jigsaw
puzzles and mazes, using maps, and preference for videos and
pictures to words.
Sensitivity to color, line, shape, form, space, and the
relationships between these elements.
Sensitivity to the balance, composition, and tension that
characterize visual/spatial displays.
The ability to mentally manipulate or rotate perceived
objects or forms.
The ability to produce or create a graphic likeness of
perceived objects or forms
http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/ - PDF files with
handouts – Have students illustrate or make a collage for the
http://www.real-english.com/ $ videos
Reliance on learning by doing—moving and manipulating
objects, bodily movements, competitive and collaborative
sports and movement games, drama and role-playing, inventing
or building a model or design.
Enjoyment of physical activity through drama, gesturing,
dance, and hands-on learning activities.
Specific physical skills such as coordination, balance,
dexterity, strength, flexibility, and speed.
Best learning through games, movement, and building.
The capacity to use their body or parts of their body to
make something, do something, or put on a production
Skills in one or more sports or movements.
Ability to take things apart and put them back together.
Map drawing -
keen sensitivity to music, sounds, tonal patterns, or the
Beating out rhythms, enjoyment of singing and playing
musical instruments and frequently listens to music while
Sensitivity to rhythm, pitch, melody, timbre, or tone of a
to think in music, hear patterns, and perhaps manipulate
to perceive (appreciate), discriminate (criticize),
transform (compose), express (perform
http://yanko.lib.ru/books/lit/engl/jazz-chants.htm - list of
Carolyhn Graham's chants
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Person to person contact and relationships found in pairing,
grouping, and cooperative team work.
The ability to verbally as well as non- verbally interact
with people or groups of people and takes leadership roles.
The ability to perceive and make distinctions in the moods,
intentions, motivations, and feelings of other people.
The ability to
understand and interact effectively with other people.
http://esl.about.com/library/weekly/aa091001b.htm - English
roles in business
6. Intrapersonal intelligence
Joan of Arc
and understanding of oneself—regarding feelings, emotions,
thinking, self-reflection, and metacognitive skills.
ability to set personal goals, work alone, and have a clear
sense of direction in life.
accurate picture of one's strengths and limitations; an
awareness of inner moods, intentions, motivations and
about what they learn and how the learning relates to
values, and attitudes.
7. Naturalist intelligence
Lewis & Clark
The ability to recognize and classify plants—all varieties
of flora and fauna, rocks and minerals, and animals.
The ability to recognize cultural artifacts such as cars or
shoes and the environment around oneself.
The ability to
notice appearances, sounds, textures, and characteristics of
natural objects and environments.
recognizing and classifying artifacts.
I need to plant a garden. What questions should I answer?
What evidence do we have of global warming?
I’m taking a tour of South America. (Ask me questions.)
intelligence (deep question smart)
My son is not doing well in school/ What should I be asking
intelligence (word smart)
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Louisa May Alcott
Skillful use of language and words including anything
associated with complex thought possibilities such as
reading, writing, abstract reasoning, and symbolic
Skillful listening and enjoyment of speaking in public,
reading, spelling correctly, and writing.
good memory for names and dates, and a strong vocabulary.
The ability to manipulate the syntax or structure of
language and phonology or sounds of language.
Sensitivity to the meaning of words and order among words.
the rhythms, inflections, and sounds of words. Sensitivity
to the rhetorical aspects of language; language can be used
to inform, please, stimulate, persuade, excite, etc.
Listen & Read Along - The God of His Fathers
A short story by Jack London, an American writer.
Language is linked both
to culture and individual expression. It is not a static thing
to memorize and repeat. It requires meaning, context, and
People learn in ways
that both personally and culturally defined. The more variety in
activities, the greater the chance of learning. Once something
is learned one way, it can be fun to learn it another way.
People are likely to
operate through several intelligences. Have them work together.
People who are having
fun are learning. So have fun.
4. TIPS FOR USING MATERIALS
Save pages offline
Use W, PP, or other to draw
boxes, cut, etc... show students
5. GOOGLE SEARCHES
(Your turn) (10 min)
TO EXPLORE (15 minutes)
http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/ CNN stories with activities