Most children love to listen to stories read out-loud. ESL teachers can help children become more confidant in learning to read English and help them grow in self-esteem by including bilingual stories within their story times. You can also have bilingual books available for students to read during independent reading times. You don’t need to know the second language in the book for the students to enjoy hearing the stories. Most ESL classrooms have students with multiple language backgrounds so it is not probable that the language of each child will be spoken at the school.
I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was while I was in high school that many Hmong refugees were first welcomed into the area to settle and reestablish their families. During one summer I was a teacher’s assistant who worked with Hmong children new to the United States. That began my lifelong love of and respect for Hmong people, language and culture. I want to share with you some of what I have learned. This will be helpful to you especially if you will be teaching Hmong-American children. [Read more…] about Language Tips for Teaching Hmong Students