Engaging ESL Learners in Universal Digital Storytelling Right Away –

Using Chromebooks to Access First Language Expertise and Life Experiences for School-Wide Community Contributions

ESL educators, ELA and SS educators face the challenges of engaging bright students with first language content and skill expertise plus extensive international life experiences in grade and age required content.  Furthermore, now that every student is required to be skilled in multi-content literacy of reading texts, writing comments, discussing topics, reacting to other peer and adult community members and producing products in text or digital format; the challenges for the ESL educator or the ELA and SS educator who must facilitate these literacy skills and competencies for bright students struggling at beginning, intermediate or even advanced levels of second language English acquisition, appear daunting.  Many educators rush to purchase special ESL learner specific software and texts as well as online programs for reading comprehension.  These of course are then exclusively used with ESL learners even in a mixed classroom where they study with American born peers.  Ironically even with all the differing levels of English language reading, speaking , listening and product creating ability in a mixed or ESL learner class, one tool already in the school no purchase necessary,  can immediately connect ESL and  American peers in literacy learning and sharing.  That tool is the Chromebook packed with free ready to go resources and sites to excite all learners using Stories heard, Stories Told and Stories produced as a Digital Story dynamic connecting highway ALL learners can happily navigate!

Go to the free resources right away no registration or text fee or coursework required!

Chromebook Goggle Curated ESL Storytelling Resources (http://sites.google.com/site/digital/storysite/training/resources/esl

Literacy Learning involves listening skills which are required for all and especially needed for ESL as they hear native English spoken which for many students including a sizable percent born in the USA does not happen at home where native languages are spoken.  The Chromebook and its Google sites digital storytelling link immediately access both ESL teachers and teachers who have ESL students in their content classes to an array of free resources with good to go storytelling lessons on different ESL levels. Teachers even those who do not teach ESL students at all, will benefit from the extended list of ready ESL learner samples and the techniques mapped out from multiple respected sources such as the TESOL Journal.  Use of this Google curated ready to peruse and select grade , age and level  lesson and methods plus step by step instruction can serve as a quick ESL tutorial or differentiation practicum for the educator new to ESL students or the ESL educator eager to infuse peer ESL language learner materials into their teaching.  Even better the students – ESL and those who can benefit from ESL emphasis on vocabulary, English language nuanced speaking, chunked listening, and targeted listening questions and chance to react to them- which will include many American natives- can immediately explore the resources as their teachers observe and through the audio manage learner responses and note individual listening strengths and deficits.  The Chromebook will allow ESL teachers and ELA /SS to differentiate use of resources to best support individual learner vocabulary, conversing and comprehension of English, while allowing privacy of individual learner progress can be teacher maintained.  All learners -ESL and American born- become part of the classroom Storyteller circle on the Chromebook platform.

Available in a few seconds- ESL Audio Stories to Listen to, learn from, read along with, and React to:

Fluent U English Education Blog

http://www.fluentu.com/english/educator/blog/esl-audio-short-stories/

For teachers and not ESL teachers only who want to engage students in listening to short timed stories from 1.5 minutes to 4 or 5 minutes there are an array of such good to be heard stories complete with music and special effects plus: detailed descriptions  for the teacher to examine, topics relevant to curricula, exercises included to test comprehension, transcripts of printed texts for students to use as they listen or to use as printed texts for teacher questions after listening, interactive reading which can be recorded for further fluency practice, and on some stories-a translation button which can translate a word into many native student languages.   This plethora of ready to use-zero wait time for delivery of newly ordered ESL only texts or resources- so expands immediate fun text engaging and text complexity comprehension activities that not only the target ESL learners but  can inspire everyone in the class or grade  to be part of the listening and reacting audience for storytelling.

It’s their turn- Authentic ESL learner digital stories-

ESL Language Learner

http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/archive/esl.html

Of course, the end product of all literacy learning and evidence of second language acquisition plus writing skills is the creation by the student learner of a digital information or memoir or reflection or narrative story.  For American natives this is a challenging literacy ladder of skills competencies step. But ESL learners often have even more difficulty with this product because they are navigating a second language to explain the complexity and intensiveness of first language life and language expertise knowledge.  In addition, while their print textbooks offer artificially constructed grammatically correct models, rarely are these contemporary actual ESL learner digital stories.  However, using Chromebook resources, ESL learners can listen to peer Spanish or Turkish or other language ESL students sharing real ESL stories in their own voices. These models officiated through the digital platform of the Chromebook  truly inspire and concertize the literacy skills of second language within the context of first language experience and expertise for the ESL students.

With all these actual ESL learner generated and native language spoken content plus translation and music choices available, Chromebook use also makes literacy skills learning culturally consonant for ESL learners plus adds cultural depth to the literacy studies of their classroom Chromebook connected American native peers.  Of course those educators wanting to take additional coursework in ESL methods or buy print and software specifically designed for ESL learners to enrich the resources they offer students can and should do so.  But in the here and now of next period’s literacy class storytelling and story-authoring experiences for ESL learners and American natives to share together, the Chromebook can access all of them onto the universal digital circle of storytellers and listeners.  Making this competencies connection as one community is the ultimate goal of ESL second language acquisition!!  Why should Chromebook accessible storytelling collections and activities be limited to ESL students only??  In this instance American born natives can join the circle as well! Chromebook connects and converges cultures while concertizing unique cultural and community experiences through digital storytelling.

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