Traditional Tales

Grade 3 have been reading some traditional tales, both in story and play format.  In order to make the story more realistic, each of the students wore a mask to represent their

The Green Book

In Grade 4 EAL we have been supporting the reading of “The Green Book” by Jill Paton Walsh.  This is about a family who have to leave a dying Earth in an old spaceship.  Our discussions will help them with their summative assessment, which is about designing a colony where they will live in the futureScreen shot 2013-11-15 at 11.18.36 AM.

Fall Poems

Grades 3 and 4 looked at some fall poems.  After discussing vocabulary and style, they were inspired to write their own poems.  Please come and see the display outside the EAL room!photo(5)

James and the Giant Peach

The 3rd Grade children at the Hisar Campus have been reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl during EAL classes.

Reading authentic literature provides children with a multitude of language learning opportunities.

Many effective strategies for reading aloud with young children also apply to EAL students (e.g., predicting from the book cover before reading, pointing to illustrations during reading and checking for comprehension upon completion).

Reading literature has also shown to enhance motivation for EAL students.

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Action Research in the Classroom

This week I wanted to share some information about what I am doing professionally. As a Literacy Support and EAL teacher I am always looking at new practices in the classroom that can improve student learning.


This past month I have been working on an Action Research Project.


Action Research is beneficial because it is carried out by practitioners and therefore gives an insider picture of what is happening. It aims to generate ideas about improving practices to improve learning. It helps us see as practitioners what we need to do to change to improve learning.


The best aspect of Action Research is that it is not conducted alone. It is a cooperative effort with all the members of the community becoming involved and providing feedback.


My project focuses on how regular drills of high frequency words may facilitate EAL students achieve grade level literacy targets.


I look forward to sharing my findings with you at the conclusion of my project.

A great site for Grade 1

This is a great site for Grade 1. Some of it is free, but for some games you have to subscribe. It is a good resource to help Grade 1 learn their letters!

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Grade 5 Beginners read “Onion Tears” by Diana Kidd

In Grade 5 ESOL we have been reading and working on a book “Onion Tears” by Diana Kidd, that deals with some of the issues that arise in the unit the students are currently studying.  Vietnamese Nam–Huong wants to adjust to her new life in Australia, but she can’t. She misses her parents and her beloved grandfather too much, and she is haunted by her experience as a refugee. When her classmates try to make friends she rejects them, so they begin to tease and torment her. Soon, she doesn’t talk at all. But with the help of her foster mother and her teacher, Nam–Huong slowly begins to trust and love again.


Grade 1 Marmara read about Handa’s Surprise!

Grade 1 have been reading the book “Handa’s Surprise”. They have been practicing their fruit and animal vocabulary through completing a workbook, music and movement, playing a game and retelling the story in their own words.

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Grade 4 Space Stories

Grade 4 did some creative writing based on their “Space” unit.  Please come and see them outside the ESOL room!


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