79. What techniques are the most successful?

There are many successful techniques for many specific goals and objectives. However, in promoting language acquisition and development, the most successful techniques are those that allow the greatest student participation in listening and speaking. In other words, students develop maximally their language skills when they USE the language, that is,

  1. when they hear language and
  2. can SEE what the language talks about,
    what the language describes, and
    what the language means (including idiomatic expressions or idioms);

  3. when they speak,
  4. communicate messages orally,
    respond verbally,
    repeat language models, and
    actively use oral language to interact in novel situations;

  5. when they SEE and HEAR words that are posted or displayed, thus
  6. reading silently as the active communication in which they are participating takes place;

  7. when they can read the posted words in context
  8. (silently reading as they hear the text with the posted words read by another person or from an audio tape), and
    when they can read silently/orally text that reflects what they have heard and they have spoken, thus
    understanding what they are reading the FIRST time they read the text;

  9. when they can write the messages they
  10. heard (#1 above), and they
    spoke (#2 above), using the posted words they
    saw and heard (#3 above) and they
    read (#4 above).


For more in-depth information, classroom demonstrations, and "coaching" of new and/or experienced teachers, Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK offers:

1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading

Web Site Programs for Teachers: Numbers 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9.
Web Site Programs for
Paraprofessionals: Number 3.
Web Site Programs for
New Teachers:
Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)

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