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Transcript of ESL
Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg
Funds of Knowledge
What are Funds of Knowledge?
Historically developed and accumulated strategies (e.g., skills, abilities, ideas, practices) or bodies of knowledge that are essential to a household's functioning and well-being.
The learner will show an understanding of ESL concepts and strategies by completing a creating a visual representation for students at each Language Acquisition Level.
Educators in Arizona
wanted to students to master academic content,
but their inaccurate perception of linguistically and culturally diverse, working-class students lead to low expectations and a belief that their homes were not rich in social, linguistic, and intellectual resources
so they visited homes to identify and document existing knowledge.
Pivotal and transformative findings:
funds of knowledge are abundant and diverse and may include such areas as farming, construction, trade, business, and finance
families develop social networks with their environments and with other households to exchange resources including funds of knowledge (e.g., home and auto repair, animal husbandry, music)
These allow for constant contexts in which learning can occur.
KELPA Levels 1 and 2
KELPA Level 3
KELPA Level 4
Continue to support ongoing language development through integrated language arts and content-area activities.
Pair students with more advanced learners
Use visuals, physical movements, gestures, and verbal cues to support and expand students' language acquisition
Avoid forcing students to speak prematurely
Use students background knowledge by making connections to their native language and previous experiences.
Provide students with an increasing number of visual cues to help them integrate phonics and context cues
Use authentic and rich literature in classroom instruction
Teach key vocabulary and concepts to increase students' comprehension
Have students label or manipulate pictures and/or real objects
Guard vocab and introduce concepts through the use of multiple strategies
Model responses to lit for students by explaining, describing, comparing, and retelling
Focus on communication in meaningful contexts and expression in speech and print
Respond genuinely to student writing and conferences hat highlight students' strengths and progress
Structure and guide group discussions to facilitate more advanced literature studies.
Provide for a variety of realistic writing experiences.
Continue to shelter instruction and check for understanding.
What are your Funds of Knowledge?
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