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In Regina Public Schools November 3, 2014 Linda Mitchell EAL Coordinator

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  • in Regina Public Schools November 3, 2014 Linda Mitchell EAL Coordinator
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  • As of November 3, 2014: 3467 EAL students 2559 receive EAL support
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  • 73countries : Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia
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  • Newcomers: Refugees forced to leave home situation war, turmoil etc 2 girls came with Step parents Girls not going to school Immigrants parents chose to move to Canada 12 years + coming friends left behind Rebelling and Suicide Nominees recruited by employers or the country Usually the same as Immigrants
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  • Newcomer Welcome Centre Why the development? Intake and orientation to educational options Documentation verification Legal to study in Regina Assessment and placement recommendations Settlement Worker support Food taking to school Clothing proper clothing Holidays Translator support
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  • Total number of EAL students through the Newcomer Welcome Centre: 2009-10 = 424 2010-11 = 445 2011-12 = 686 2012 13 = 610 2013 14 = 704 2014 to now = 449
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  • 2005-2006 - 14.5 EAL teachers As of October 20, 2014 43 FTE EAL teachers in RPS
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  • Elementary Schools: all of our schools High Schools: 7 of 9 schools Adult Campus 18 to 22 years
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  • 1. Arrival: Honeymoon Stage 2. Reality is more difficult than expected 3. Feel situation is impossible 4. Begin to adjust expectations 5. Find some successes at integration 6. Feel it is possible to live here 7. Continue to have smaller ups and downs
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  • Provide a warm and welcoming environment for your students Be open to learning more about teaching EAL students and the backgrounds of your students Be willing to differentiate instruction for your EAL students
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  • Have a welcome sign in the students language Display flags, maps, or globes of various countries displayed in the school or classroom Have picture dictionaries or bilingual dictionaries available in the school library or classroom Learn the correct pronunciation of the students name Encourage the sharing of culture (PowerPoint)
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  • Use labeling and visual cues If a student cant complete an assignment in English Their language Picture dictionary and other resources Reduce expectations for length and complexity Allow a partner Provide word banks Use dual language books Allow students to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways Provide a written explanation of the assignment & due date Access the EAL students prior knowledge on subject or concept. Background information is critical Model how to do the activity, lab, graphic organizer, etc.
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  • A tool that the Saskatchewan Ministry is using to benchmark EAL students A 1.1 and 1.2 Level students words and gestures/phrase A2.1 and A2.2 simple sentences/simple paragraph B 1.1 and1.2 needs support with some grammar and punctuation C Level students are Proficient Users of English
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  • Get Feedback from Your Students: What was easy for you? What was hard for you? What could we have done differently? Use Google translator Be An Advocate for Your Students Remember that it takes time for them to feel comfortable, develop friendships, and to learn the many things required to survive in a new culture.
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  • for teachers know your learner for students feel comfortable
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  • What can I do to help them? Provide a word bank with illustrations Have students use Google Translation Pair up EAL students with students who are fluent in speaking English Provide a template & model how to write up a lab report Demonstrate activities as much as possible Use a graphic organizer /outline Provide examples of work Provide additional edits & proofreading for the student Provide sentence starters, story starters, & character ideas Allow student write in their own language Use a scriber
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  • Volunteer at a library to help newcomers Read professional resources Take CERTESOL classes Want to learn about other cultures
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  • Final Words Questions and comments?.
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