84. Grammar – 7th grade. How do I teach such detailed information (See worksheets) to non-English Speakers? Should I throw out the worksheet and use basic vocabulary worksheets or something better suited to their level?


YES, throw out the worksheets!!!!!! These worksheets were prepared for students who are totally and completely fluent in ENGLISH, not for English Language Learners. ALL of the worksheets are for "Spelling Development," NOT for teaching non- or limited-English proficient students how to listen with understanding and how to speak. NOR were these worksheets designed for English Language Learners to develop vocabulary, to master the incredible random array of words presented in the worksheets.

I have NEVER used a worksheet!!!!! To use a worksheet I must FIRST build the entire language presented in the worksheet. Otherwise, instead of fulfilling the purpose of the worksheet –for example, "Spelling Development," as in the worksheets shown above—I spend all the instructional time developing vocabulary from a worksheet NOT intended for vocabulary development!!!!

Notice, in the worksheets shown here, how many words non- or limited-English proficient students must learn to understand, learn to speak, learn to read in context, learn to actively use in sentences, BEFORE they could possibly be concerned about spelling so many otherwise unknown words!!!!!!

YES, throw the worksheets out!!!!



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