Tag Archive: immigrant students

How do I get my immigrant students to want to speak English? Part 4

August 17, 2016 Published by

This series shares lessons I learned during a summer session with middle school students labeled “reluctant” to learn English. Follow the links for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the series. Lesson #4: Model a temperament that promotes and maintains a safe environment. Don’t be caught off guard…

How do I get my immigrant students to want to speak English? Part 3

June 7, 2016 Published by

This series shares lessons I learned during a summer session with middle school students labeled “reluctant” to learn English. Follow the links for Part 1 and Part 2 of the series. Lesson #3: Teaching requires much less effort when you first focus on the strengths students possess. Discovering the assets…

How do I get my immigrant students to want to speak English? Part 2

April 28, 2016 Published by

This series shares lessons I learned during a summer session with middle school students labeled “reluctant” to learn English. Follow this link for Part 1 of the series. Lesson #2: If you want people to “want” to do something different—especially something they consider unpleasant—adding robust joy is a must! In…

How do I get my immigrant students to want to speak English? Part 1

April 4, 2016 Published by

While most immigrant students roll with the punches and learn the necessary materials presented to them, there’s always a small group that needs a little extra attention. Years ago I was asked to teach a course for English language learners (ELLs) during summer school at the middle school level. Our…