Tag Archives: language skills

All Things Spring

spring verb activitiesMany students are not only learning new academic subjects during school, they are also working on their English language skills. We often take speaking English for granted. Most of us have simply learned it by listening to others, and then fine-tuning it at school. Multilingual learners may need additional help with a variety of tricky areas of the language. One that is often tricky is conjugating the progressive form of verbs. The -ing ending remains in all, but you need to know which helper goes before each in the present, past, and future tenses.  Learning this is not a fun task, so thinking outside of the box is critical to keep students actively engaged. Read More »

Stuck on Confusing Words

confusing wordsEnglish is a tricky language for many reasons. There are a lot of rules and exceptions to those rules, Of course, sometimes it gets even more confusing when you are talking to others. For some students it may be a challenge due to being a multilingual learner. They may confuse how one language works compared to another. Other children may be very literal, and have a hard time with words and phrases which have multiple meanings. In addition to this, some may miss how tone and body language can alter the meaning of speech. This is why it is important to take time during sessions to work with students who struggle with a variety of language and conversational skills. If they have additional practice, it will boost their confidence and more with time. Read More »

Efficiently Meeting Speech, Language, and Learning Goals and Celebrating Halloween!

Prior to coming to the United States for graduate school in the late 1960’s the idea of Halloween, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, carving, eating, drawing pumpkins or decorating my house with various Halloween related artifacts was somewhat foreign to me. I knew about the holiday and celebrations from things I had read, but I had no experience with the American celebration.  Children in Mexico, where I grew up, did not wear costumes on Halloween. Instead, November 1 was designated as a celebration to pay tribute to all Saints and November 2 was a date to designate the remembrance of those who had passed. For these occasions, special bread was baked called “pan de muertos” (bread of the dead) and to dispel evil spirits, candy skeletons and skulls were made. Read More »