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The Characteristics of Beginning ELLs

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by Sumei Wu on 27 July 2013

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Transcript of The Characteristics of Beginning ELLs

The Characteristics of Beginning ELLs
Meet Lili:
How do we know Lili is at the beginning level?
Let's see how well she speaks, listens,
reads, and writes in English!
Lili listens:
Lili writes:
How do we work with Lili
to address her needs?
Check out our teaching tutorials for the beginning English language learners!
Lili is a beginning English language learner from China! She is 13 years old. She has just lived in the United States for 3 months. She studied very well when she was in China. But since she got to this new country, she has learned little because she can't understand English very well. She doesn't want to speak to people because she thinks her English is poor.
Lili speaks:
Lili reads:
The characteristics highlighted here are common among beginning English Language learners.
My Best Day
Teacher:
Hi, Lili. How are you?
Lili:
Good.
Teacher:
Sung and Lili, could you take out your books and turn to page 20, please?
(Lili was sitting in her seat with a blank look. Then she saw Sung take out her book and turn to page 20. She did the same as Sung.)
The characteristics highlighted here are common among beginning English Language learners.
The characteristics highlighted here are common among beginning English Language learners.
The characteristics highlighted here are common among beginning English Language learners.
Teacher:
Thank you. Now, could you look at the picture under the title? Lili, see here? This is the title and...the picture.
( The teacher slowed down her speech and showed her book to Lili when speaking.)
"...have little or no ability to understand spoken English in academic and social settings."


----ELPS

"...the speaker uses linguistic support such as visuals, slower speech and other verbal cues, and gestures;"
----ELPS
(Reluctant to respond and timidly smiled.)
"...frequently remain silent, watching others for cues."


----ELPS
Teacher: Hi, Lili.
Lili
: Hi. (Lili timidly smiled.)
Teacher: What do you usually do on weekends?
Lili
: ...(Lili didn't respond and showed a "What?" look.)
Teacher: What do you do on Saturdays and Sundays?
Lili
: I play, sister, at home.
Teacher: Oh, I see. You play with your sister at home?
(Lili nodded.)
Teacher:

How old is your sister?
Lili
:
Seben.
Teacher: Seven years old? Wow, she must be cute!
(Lili just smiled and was quiet again.)
using single words and short phrases...struggles and tends to give up on attempts to speak.
----ELPS
with frequent errors that hinder communication.
----ELPS
with pronunciation that inhibits communication.

----ELPS
My favorite day is friday because I
am
go at sixflags
and
I
am
go with the school.
and
of sixflags I
am
go to the batman, Titan, Superman,
and then
I
am
go to the eating
and
thats is cool. the sixflags
is
beautiful.
and then
I
am
go to my hous.
and
that
and
I
go
to the Pool with my friends
and then
I
am
go with my girlfriend to the mall
and
I
am
go to the movies.
"without focus
and coherence,
conventions, organization..."

----ELPS
"...with high-frequency words/ phrases, and short simple sentences..."

----ELPS
"Primarily in present tense with frequent errors..."
----ELPS
"...have little or no ability to read and understand English used in academic and social contexts."


----ELPS
"read slowly, word by word."


----ELPS
"with comprehension
of practiced, familiar text."

----ELPS
Link to the tutorials
http://blog.smu.edu/projectconnect/watch-and-learn/
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