On February 21st, 2019 I had the privilege to collaborate and participate in a webinar hosted by SupportEd. Participating alongside Diane Staehn Fenner - president of SupportEd, Sydney Snyder, and Jill Kester was just beyond an imaginable opportunity.
First of all, I am a huge fan of their book, "Unlocking English Learners' Potential". This book provides an array of strategies and ideas to support ELs on working at their fullest potential. I've also participated in several of their free webinars and I've learned so much.
So, the title of our webinar is
Supporting ELs' Oral Language Development Through Academic Conversation.
You can access the recorded webinar here.
In the webinar, Jill Kester shared on the Importance of Oral Language Practice for ELs.
Sydney Snyder shared on Fostering ELs' Oral Language Development based on their book "Unlocking English Learners' Potential".
Sydney shared an oral language activity checklist to improve activities used throughout our lessons.
Access to the template and more resources are provided in the Padlet below:
"By developing lessons that support ELs' participation and engagement in academic conversations, YOU are advocating for ELS' equal access to content, supporting high academic expectations for ELs, and providing Els with opportunities to develop their academic identity."
~ Unlocking English Learners' Potential book
I shared on Effective Activities Supporting Language Development.
Of course, before sharing activities for academic language development, I focused on the importance of affirming identity. I shared activities that affirm identity and support language development with newcomers and all ELs in general.
The 3 activities I shared are:
I also shared ways to develop oral language activities that support ELs' participation. I believe that it is imperative for teachers to intentionally plan activities that will support our students if we want them to be engaged in any task given.
We first must:
Overall, the webinar was a great success. We had about 10 minutes of Q&A and the feedback we received was fantastic.
I hope you take your time to watch this webinar and add a few new tools to your ESL teaching toolbox!
Thank you for reading!