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Student engagement is said to be the best predictor for learning. Storytelling through drama and computer-based multimedia authoring present English for second language learners (ESLLs) with engaging opportunities to develop concurrently basic skills in language arts and higher order thinking skills. Storytelling offers teachers a chance to delve into their students’ background experience and draw on the knowledge of these students’ families and communities.
website illustrates ways to address the needs of ESLLs in our schools
and communities. Projects included on this website demonstrate
a range of students’ interests and abilities teachers usually encounter
in their classrooms. In the sample projects and videos, you will find
students using language arts skills to express diverse experiences and
emotions such as wisdom, pride, or pain.
Regardless of the diversity of individual
experiences, the processes involved in drama activities and developing
multimedia projects allow students to stretch their imaginations and reach
for the words to express things relevant to their lives.
Acquisition of language arts skills is
at the heart of these storytelling and multimedia strategies. While
the students have fun with the process, they learn important skills that
align to language arts standards they are expected to meet. While the
activities are designed to help students practice their oral communication
skills, expand their vocabulary, and develop their writing skills, the
topics of the projects can be extended to other curriculum areas, such
as science and social studies.
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for working with Micronesian students
This product was funded by the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED) under the Technology Technical Assistance Consortium, award number R302A000001. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. ED or any other agency of the U.S. government.