The United States has an increasing number of students with a native language other than English. Educators today must be prepared to teach and support these students academically and socially-emotionally. As we know, it is important to ensure learners have natural opportunities to speak in their native language but not all educators have a clear understanding over how to embed these opportunities in the classroom setting. The population for this oral presentation will focus on elementary students ranging from ages of 5 to 12. Participants will learn about the needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) students in classrooms today. Activities and games in the areas of literacy, math, and physical education to support the ESL students in the elementary classroom will be shared during the presentation. Additional activities and games will be shared to support the social-emotional needs of ESL students in the elementary classroom setting. The final focus of the presentation will be methods to increase family engagement between educators and parents of ESL students, specifically in the areas of literacy, math, and physical education. During the presentation, information will be shared as to how these three areas benefit the ESL students academically and socially-emotionally. The elements of the presentations can be taken and instantly embedded into practice in the classroom setting to support the ESL students. Presenters have many years of experience in the K-12 setting as well as in the higher education setting that provides them with a wealth of knowledge to share with attendees.
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University, United States
Jessy Bibler, Buena Vista University, United States
Michelle Metzger, Buena Vista University, United States
Leslie Haas, Xavier University of Louisiana, United States