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I teach adult and teenage Spanish students who do not know one word of English. Please HELP!

Jan 2, 2015 9:00pm

My major was English until student teaching. I changed to Nursing. I was an RN 44 yrs. and just retired. Through a church school I was asked to teach ESL. I embraced the challenge as a positive way to still help people. I know the subject. I need to know methods, where to start, and how to get them talking. The first day I smiled and said,"good morning." they smiled and said, "buenos dias." I realized they were hoping I'd said good morning. lol. So I started with vocabulary using flash cards and subject/verb beginning a sentence. I think this web can help. Thank you for your input.---Brenda Duck

  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learners


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    • Jan 4, 2015 1:37pm

      I would recommend reading this book as a first step. It has a lot of great resources and ideas. In terms of in classroom ideas, games and songs are a great way to begin learning a new language. The more you can get them practicing new vocabulary while moving their body and having fun, the more they will retain.

      "The ESL / ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels"

      by Larry Ferlazzo & Katie Hull Sypnieski

      • Jan 10, 2015 6:02pm

        Jasmine--I bought the books--they lay beside my bible--the first class was great--I had 22 teen and adult students--I am thinking of throwing myself into a new career having been a nurse 44 yrs--I may live 20 more yrs and while i have given up nursing to a younger generation, I think this could make a difference in helping those trying to transition into a whole new world. Thank you so much.