Art and English Learners: Giving voice to experiences

26/05/2019

Read Art Exhibit Lets High School Immigrants Share Stories of Hardship and Hope here for an example of making space and giving voice to ELs

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What Do Your Class Materials Say About You?

22/05/2019

Do you make an effort to represent all of your students? More in A Class Library That Represents All Students


Article: Experiences and Education of Refugee Children at Home, in School, and in the Community

03/05/2019

Acess it at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujrc20/33/1?nav=tocList


ESL Corner: Trauma Presents Unique Challenges to ELL Students

02/05/2019

Teachers know this challenge in all of their classrooms. What is the effect of trauma on ELs?  More at https://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/2578059.html


What to Know About Your Muslim Students and Ramadan: How it May Affect Your Classroom

29/04/2019

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Becoming A Stranger in A New Language

24/03/2019

I very much relate to the article. We can consider the implications for teaching older students or for building school/home connections. Find more here at https://en.qantara.de/content/the-language-of-migrants-being-a-stranger-in-a-second-language

Excerpt:

“Language is the home of being”

As a matter of fact, we were all born into a specific culture, society, family, place, and language. It is through our native language that culture, beliefs, ideas and countless other things were and are conveyed to us, and it is how we communicate them to others. We live in that language and grow with it; it shapes our ideas and our life as a whole.

Our native language relates to our being, to our very existence. Therefore, it has a certain ontological dimension. As Heidegger wrote, “language is the home of being”. But could we not say that this statement is especially true of our native tongue.

A Kurd destroys a tiled image of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq following his overthrow in 2003 (photo: AP)

“With the exception of Iraq, where Kurdish became an official language after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, Kurdish is neither official nor allowed to be spoken in the countries we currently inhabit. We have no choice but to learn a foreign language. As a result, we become alienated in these second languages,” explains Nabaz Samad Ahmed

The second language cannot be the home of our being in the same way as our mother tongue. This ontological dimension merely exists in our native language. Because we were born in it, have lived with it, and grown up with it, our whole life is formed by it. If “knowledge is power”, as Francis Bacon once said, then we were armed with knowledge in our native language, and we are most powerful in our native language.


ESL Corner: Study links longer-distance moves to lower student performance

22/03/2019

Teachers should consider this research and support students accordingly. Find more at this link


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