Many of our students at ISM arrive with no or very little English.  Some of these students may also have a learning need.  It can be difficult for us to identify and seperate the two issues so it may take us a while to work out what is an english language issue and what is a LS issue.

List-Group-Label Strategy

List-Group-Label is a great strategy for vocabulary development, especially for international schools that use the Understanding by Design framework. Read and WATCH all about it here.  

ESL and the misdiagnosis of Special Educational Needs

This article from LD Online discusses an issue that is particularly relevant to educators in International Schools – the misdiagnosis of learning support needs among English Language Learners. Reasons for the Misidentification of Special Needs among ELLs   By: Else V. Hamayan, Barbara Marler, Cristina Sanchez-Lopez, and Jack S. Damico (2007) To ensure that misidentification […]

What’s ‘Normal,’ What’s Not: Acquiring English as a Second Language By: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and Alejandro Brice (2005) By the 2030s, say demographers, English language learners (ELLs) will account for approximately 40 percent of the entire school-aged population in the United States. In some areas, that projection is already exceeded – in California, for instance, 60-70 percent of schoolchildren speak a language other than English […]

Communication Strategies for All Classrooms: Focusing on English Language Learners and Students with Learning Disabilities By: Dale S. Brown and Karen Ford (2007) Students with learning disabilities (LD) often have difficulty with language. This difficulty takes many forms. They might have trouble understanding what you say. This could be the result of auditory problems (difficulty processing sounds) or receptive language difficulties (trouble understanding the words and turning them into […]

Learning Disabilities and Foreign Language Learning By: Robin L. Schwarz (1997) Foreign language study is an increasingly prominent part of education everywhere. Not only are high school students nearly always required to study a foreign language, but many lower and middle schools have added foreign languages to their curricula, whether as an enrichment or a requirement. Foreign language “magnet” schools […]

A Combination of Two Literatures

  The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants but never before at such a rapid rate and from so many countries. Students from Hispanic families make up a large part of the influx of immigrants that teachers are finding in their classrooms. Because of this large and increasing proportion of the student […]

English Language Learners with Special Needs: Effective Instructional Strategies By: Alba Ortiz (2001) Students fail in school for a variety of reasons. In some cases, their academic difficulties can be directly attributed to deficiencies in the teaching and learning environment. For example, students with limited English may fail because they do not have access to effective bilingual or English as a second language […]

Learning Support and ESL

In Learning Support we often have referrals for students who are receiving English as a Second Language services in school.  This most often poses a dilemma about what type of support is going to be most effective for students who seem to be making very limited progress in ESL and there are thoughts that perhaps […]