Newcomers in the School Community
by Judie Haynes
In the Spring my district always welcomes newcomers to the United States into our E.S.L. program. Finding activites for these new students is a challenge. Combine your students' natural interest in environmental print with a tour of the neighborhood for this thematic unit.
For my district Spring is always brings new students to our school. Summer is over in South America and the school year has ended in Asia. ESL Schedules and groups that have worked well all year have to be revamped. How do we welcome these newcomers and keep our other first year students engaged?
Our new English language learners are eager to read the environmental print that surrounds them. Take advantage of this natural interest to help your students learn to read in English and gain information about your community at the same time. Pair your newcomers with a student who has been here a little longer. Take a trip around your community for signs such as Welcome to ..., Exit, McDonald’s, Shop-Rite, Exxon, Stop, No Parking.
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