One day the guidance counselor came to talk with me. She was new to working with ELLs and was trained to give them the IPT Oral English Language Proficiency Test. It is one that I administered more than 1,000 times over 10 years. All 3 girls were Non-English Speakers. You can find out more about this test by clicking on the image below.
- They are usually given within the first few weeks of entering school.
- Students who are very limited or non-English speaking are usually very shy and may be experiencing "culture shock."
- They must be reliable and valid. (ex: IPT Test of English Language Proficiency)
- Administrators must be "trained"!
I have found that throughout my years of administrating these tests that after a month or so of being in school, many who test as Non-English Speaking start to feel more comfortable and safe to take risks. If the test were administered again they would probably be at the Limited English Proficiency Level and not Non- English Proficient. I found this to be true with the 3 Korean girls I began to work with as well. As I worked with them, they started talking more and more. It truly helped that I knew so much about their country and culture so we could talk about Korean food, holidays, customs, and school. Here is a picture of me with the girls after we played the Korean game of Yut which they play on Lunar New Year. They were so surprised that I had the game and knew how to play it.Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Here are the twins with their biography report.
If I can share one important tip with all of you who have students in your classrooms like these 3 girls try to speak slower especially when you are talking with them. They need lots of wait time to process what you say and when you speak at the same pace as you do to the whole class they probably only hear the first few words and the rest goes right over their heads. The girls told me over and over again that they could understand the material when I taught them because I spoke slower and gave them "think time." It may not seem like much but it is.
Since my last Everything ESL Post I have added 3 New Beginning Speaking Lessons to my store.
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You can get a free ESL Beginner Speaking Lesson and get more tips and resources by clicking on the image below:
I have one more free resource for you. I just added this Free ESL Reading and Writing Lesson to my TpT Store. It is a great companion to my ESL Beginning Speaking Lesson: The Four Seasons. I hope you will leave feedback.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.
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