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How do you get nonverbal students to speak?

Oct 25, 2014 1:05pm

During my evaluation my kids would not answer my questions no matter how much I probed and rephrased this lowered my rating.

  • English Language Arts / Other
  • Pre K
  • Behavior / Differentiation / Engagement / English Language Learners / Special Education


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    • Oct 30, 2014 9:29am

      Pair them up or put them in a group with strong students. Have them work together to get the answer. "heads together". Then, have the ELL students answer for the group. This will give them a chance to speak with confidence. (Good way to practice their speaking and listening ELAs.)

      • Oct 30, 2014 1:56pm

        Some students can be very shy in a large group setting but open up more when in smaller groups or pairs. I'm not sure if you can work that into your evaluation or not, but if so you might notice some of the quieter kids speaking up more.

        • Dec 6, 2016 2:25pm

          Think, pair, share type activities can work. The key is to give enough time. ESL students take much longer to process information because they have to not only think up an answer, but essentially translate it.

          The most important thing, though, is to have a safe, nurturing environment in the classroom. If students feel fearful of being judged by others, they probably won't talk even to their peers. This has to be established very early on.