This was the 1st K-2 Session at the TATN Event at the TCEA @011 Conference in Austin, Texas.
Using the curriculum Teaching English Thru Action by Berertha Segal, DJ Sanders, from Fort Davis ISD works with ESL students to build their understanding of the English Language.
Students take a picture of the vocabulary they have learned throught speak and do activities, as they have learned more English commands. Then they are put in a book, a little like a picture dictionary. Students cut out printed lables of their pictures to put into their books. These vocabulary books go home for reinforce vocabulary they are learning. Words are added to the pictures to add to their reading vocabulary.
Students also have downloaded songs about the content on their MP3 players for additional reinforcement. There are also stories that have been recorded on their MP3s to use as listening stations.
Students use Photo Story 3 to make a movie of their learned vocabulary, then it is installed on their MP3 player. Student and teacher review the vocabulary and check for correct pronunciation.
The students have great success learning English vocabulary using this method. You can also observe students progress as they build English syntactical structures.
This was a great session with some very practical advice for helping second language learners acquire the English language.
You can see DJ’s complete lesson plan on the TATN Website.