Christina Shala

30 Flips | 4 Magazines | 21 Followers | @ChristinaShala |             Language Coordinator/ELL Teacher at NIS                          

100 Questions for Kids – Easy Conversation Starters in English

Some people are just naturals when it comes to talking to children. They can sit down with virtually any child and engage them in conversation …

Kids

Password

Password (aslo known as hot seat) is a simple ESL game that takes no pre-class preparation and is a great way for students to practice their …

ESL Family Fortunes

This game is a bit of fun and a good way to practice lexical sets of vocabulary. Its based on the popular U.K quiz show “Family Fortunes”.<p>As in the …

ESL Connect Four

<b>1.</b>When a team scores a point, they can place one of their team’s pieces on the board (either red or green).<p><b>2.</b> The piece must be either on the bottom …

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Speaking from the heart: Mother tongue approach best for learners and learning

Speaking from the heart: Mother tongue approach best for learners and learning<p><b>In advance of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples,</b> …

The Case Against Isolating English Learners

Ángel Solorzano spoke so little English when he arrived at Kearny High he had to communicate with the school’s principal, Ana Diaz-Booz, through sign …

Students

‘Lost’ first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals

“Lost” first languages leave a permanent mark on the brain, a report this week has found. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in the US, challenges the existing understanding that exposure to a language in the first year of a child’s life can be …

Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing

That may sound like a ringing endorsement for cursive handwriting, but when asked if cursive writing is better for a child's development than …

Support English-Language Learners With Scannable Technology

ELLs can be supported by a variety of tech tools. This includes scannable technology like quick response (QR) codes and augmented reality (AR) …

How Storytelling Inspires Children to Learn English

The Power of Story<p>I set aside my worries and started telling stories in the manner described in my earlier post. However, I quickly adapted my style …

learning during read-alouds: 5 things never to say to emerging readers

<b>Sometimes it’s very easy for teachers and parents to feel impatient with emerging readers.</b><p>It’s hard to listen to kids sound out every word on a page …

10 reasons to be bilingual

NIU student Jamie Hummel in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.<p>The region’s demand for employees who speak more than one language is</b> …

Language Learning

How Speaking More Than One Language Helps You Understand The Human Heart

As the mother of a three year old who is trilingual (he speaks English, Dutch and Afrikaans). You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover that …

Language Learning

Research Finds That Bilingual People Are Smarter, More Creative And Empathetic

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.<p>While the thought of …

Motivation

Bilingualism as a Life Experience

What do we know about bilingualism? Much of what we once thought we knew — that speaking two languages is confusing for children, that it poses …

3 Tech Platforms for Students to Practice Speaking Foreign Languages

Image source These Tech Tools can Help Fill the Void in Foreign Language Learning – Practicing Speaking the Language! Are you a student who is …

10 First Day of School Ideas for the MFL Classroom

It's closing in on 2 months since I wrote my last post and now it's closing in on the beginning of school. The opening day of school for me is less …

What Being Bilingual Does To Your Brain

Most of us communicate with one another in a single common language, while some of us are part of the bilingual and multilingual world that can speak …

How I Teach My English-Language Learners to Love Writing

Commentary<p>When I started a new career as a high school English-as-a-second-language teacher in 2011, I figured I was better equipped than many …

Chapter Three of the Next Step: Non-readers and Emergent Guided Reading Tips, Skills and a Couple of Freebies

Chapter 3: The Next Step<p>You know, I tell myself every year, “this summer, you’re not going to do a book study.” And every summer, of course, I do and …

Setting Up Literacy Centers

Hey friends!<p>Today I'm linking up with a couple Freebielicious Friends (Crystal and Tammy) and I so excited. I adore this book and have already used …

The Next Step in Guided Reading- Chapter 1~ Preparing for Guided Reading

<b>Since I was a child, my favorite subject has always been reading. As a teacher, I LOVE teaching children how to read, finding new ways to better</b> …

Guided Reading Book Study Chapter One

Here are my answers to the questions asked in this weeks books study.<p>How do I introduce my students to read alouds? Shared reading? Independent …

It’s time for them to use their time

There are a lot of problems with current world language teaching in the U.S. I think the biggest problem is that we’re trying to teach it the way we …

How can we support kids in learning more than one language?

There is little doubt that knowing more than one language carries tremendous advantages.<p>Young bilinguals are known to be flexible thinkers and better …

Support growing for bilingual classrooms

The first line of “Calling the Doves,” a children’s book by U.S. poet laureate and Fresno native Juan Felipe Herrera, says, “I was born in the tiny …