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1.  Starting new ESL program, help needed

Posted 25-05-2017 19:51
I am starting a new ESL program at the Korea International School this fall and am trying to keep from reinventing the wheel. Specifically, I am looking for Powerpoint presentations suitable to use within a K-12 environment on the basics of ESL and transitioning ESL students into content classrooms. In addition to training the staff, I will be teaching two classes per day (block schedule, with skinny Fridays) of LA 3/4 students most of whom are Arabic speakers. I am currently working on elements of a master curriculum for both the middle school and high school and would prefer to maintain that as my primary focus. In addition, I am studying both Korean and Arabic language and culture at least two hours each day. I am very comfortable delivering training to the content teachers (most of whom have very little experience in ESL) but don't want to divert from my current focus in order to build presentations for them when I am positive that there are plenty of them available through the TESOL community. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Steve

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Steven Mullins
Korea International School
Student Support Specialist
smullins@kis.or.kr
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2.  RE: Starting new ESL program, help needed

Posted 26-05-2017 09:36
Steven,
Are you familiar with Larry Ferlazzo's blog.   It is free.   This man goes through hundreds of websites and evaluates them for your use.   You can find power points, classroom schedules, lesson plans, etc and all very up to date and current.   I use it all them time as my guide.


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Virginia Simmons
Teacher and Teacher Trainer for ELL
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3.  RE: Starting new ESL program, help needed

Posted 28-05-2017 17:45
Virginia,

Thank you so much! I was not aware of his blog but have been to his website and am now a subscriber. In 20 minutes I have already found several extremely useful resources that will help me in my quest to not reinvent the wheel.

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Steven Mullins
Korea International School
Student Support Specialist
smullins@kis.or.kr
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4.  RE: Starting new ESL program, help needed

Posted 22-06-2017 12:35
Hi Steven,

It's been some years since I taught public school in California, and, with the new "Common Core Standards," things may have changed a great deal.  However, at one time there was an excellent integration between the ELA (ESL) Standards (which were 5-level, Beginner through Advanced) and the ELA (English) and content-area standards, with a focus on when to bring ELA students into various classes (for example, Math before History), and how the ESL Standards functioned as scaffolding to prepare Ss for the ELA Standards.

Good luck.

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Karl Smith
Lead Teacher
EC San Francisco
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