105. What activities can you recommend to prepare English speaking students for the acceptance of an ESL student, with limited knowledge and usage of the English language, into the classroom so that there is a feeling of comfort and security among the students?
Great question!!! The teacher can begin to study the country or countries the ESL students will come from, possibly teaching some songs and dances or typical games played by children in the country or countries of origin. Maybe the teacher can bring books written in the language(s) spoken by the ESL students. A dictionary (bilingual "English/other language" dictionary, or a monolingual dictionary in the other language) may help English-only students understand how words are spelled and the writing system used to represent the other language(s).
Food is a great promoter of student interest: What kinds of food do the ESL students usually eat, and how is it prepared?
Videos and pictures and posters about other countries can help English-ONLY students
compare and contrast life in the USA and life in other countries. Guest speakers from
other countries may be invited into the classroom so they can explain specific
features of their cultures.
English-ONLY students, with the knowledge acquired through many types of instructional activities --as described above-- can begin to "feel" how easy or how difficult it will be for the ESL students to adapt to our ways of doing things and our ways of communicating through English. Maybe the English-Only students can develop a list of "helpful" ways to interact with ESL students. With such a list, ALL students will experience a level of comfort within the classroom resulting from the knowledge they have gained.
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