ESL Teaching and Learning Tips
Re: discipline in a foreign language
By:Samantha <[email protected]>
In Response To: discipline in a foreign language (Bri)
This can be tough. I taught Kindergartners here in the states who were all ESL students, so the first day I had the rude awakening that they had no idea what "lining up" meant. Because of the language barrier, I had to use calm, non-threatening physical demonstrations. I placed them in a line, with me in front. If someone yelled out a comment or answer I looked at them and raised my hand to demonstrate why I was not listening to them. It takes a lot of patience. Best was - I had no idea that (gee that credential program I went through was GREAT!!) I needed to teach them basic things like using scissors or well, alphabet ink stamps. I sent them home covered in ink.
I don't know if this helps, but I have found dramatized physicality on your part may hit home with them as to how to behave in the classroom.