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Reading Method



myzaguirre
United States

Reading Method
 
Hi teachers of the world! I am an ESL teacher in a Middle School. I normally get students ranging from 11 to 15 years old. This year I got two new students who don īt have a strong academic base from their country of origin. They did not go to school like most of the rest of the students in their class. They only speak their native language but don īt know how to write or read. i care for them so much and I really want them to learn the language and start from the basics. It īs being a challenge for me because English is also my second language. The way I learned or taught English is not going to help them at all. I started giving them one to one instruction and working in sounds and penmanship. However, I feel I should get them into phonics or any other reading method which could be effective for them. If you have any idea on how I can make them successful, I īll be eternally grateful.

2 Dec 2017      



a_herzfeld@hotmail.com
Australia

Hi myzaguirre,

 

I feel for you and your students.  I have never taught students who do not know how to read and write in their native language!  However, I would recommend teaching them like you would teaching a toddler (I have two at home who are currently learning English as their native language).
 
I suggest going to the library and choosing some simple books.  I know these will be aimed for toddlers, but it is a great way for your students to learn the foundations of English and by no means a way of belittling them.  You could use books that teacher the letters and sounds (e.g. A is for Apple).  You could also use books like Spot (Spot the Dog), which works on sounds and simple sentences.
 
I wish you and your students all the best. 

2 Dec 2017     



Jayho
Australia

Here are some links that might be useful:
 
 
 
 
Cheers
 
Jayho 

2 Dec 2017     



myzaguirre
United States

Thanks so much for caring! I īll try everything you said.

4 Dec 2017