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3 Tech Things You Should Be Doing for Your English Language Learners (ELL's)

Здесь девушка танцует.

Did you understand the caption? Most likely no. It's in Russian.

BUT I bet you could figure out what what it says based on the moving picture. Your English Language Learners (ELL) need your support to be successful! Use these three strategies to help them out and I am sure they will be dancing just like that girl when they do well because of it.

 


 
 

Google Translate's camera feature

This  is probably one of the coolest things I have seen in a while. This app lets you translate text in an image. So your student can take a picture of the worksheet and google will instantly translate it. HOW COOL?!

Image courtesy of translate.google.com

Image courtesy of translate.google.com

I even have my students take pictures of the bellwork that I write on the board so they can participate too.

It's nice because my students get to see the word in English and in their language too so they start associating the words and remembering them.

Tips:

  • The translation is not always exact, but it does give your student an idea of what is going on. You should still be using other strategies (i.e. talking slow, using body language, etc.) combined with this.
  • If you are going to have a student translate worksheets, try to space out font and make it large so that the translator can catch every word.
  • If you are going to have a student translate your handwriting, write neat!

 

Image source: MyLearningZ

Image source: MyLearningZ

Image source: TheVerge.com

Image source: TheVerge.com

Image source: 01net.com

Image source: 01net.com


 
 

Speak & Translate App

The title says it all: you speak, it translates! It will not only translate your words into writing that the student can read but it will also speak the words so the student can hear them in their own language! Ughh technology is awesome!

Image source: idownloadblog.com

Image source: idownloadblog.com

Tips:

  • The translation is not always EXACT but it is pretty accurate.
  • The free version only allows a certain number of translations per day so use them wisely.
  • You need internet connection for it to work (learned that one the hard way).
  • Google Translate does this too but I like the interface of this app better.

Use animated images

This one is my favorite! Whenever you are presenting, simply change your images to animated ones by searching your topic and adding the acronym GIF to the search. 

During my lab safety unit, I used these:

I searched "washing hands gif"

I searched "washing hands gif"

I searched "broken glass gif"

I searched "broken glass gif"

This helps students get a better understanding of what you're talking about. Believe it or not, it also helps your students that don't necessarily need it.


What strategies do you use? Tell us how they work below in the comments...