Approaches to Teaching Linguistic Minority Students provides an invaluable and accessible resource for working with EAL students. It brings together the international experiences and expertise of a team of distinguished language educators who explore a range of teaching approaches and provide professionally-grounded practical advice. The chapters cover themes, references and pedagogic concerns common to teachers across the globe. This book will be of use to individual teachers who want to extend their knowledge and practice, and also as a set text for professional development programs.
Chapter 3: Beyond Key Words
Beyond Key Words
A ‘Making’ Moment
It's 3.40 p.m. and the end of the school day. A knock on the door of the EAL room and Bizhan, a boy in Year 11, announces himself, the usual smile and friendly greeting. The conversation goes roughly like this:
‘Hi, Mr Vazquez …I can't come to homework club, I'm making an exam tomorrow.’
‘No, Bizhan, you're not making an exam tomorrow.’
‘I am, Mr Vazquez, look, here is the paper.’ He hands me the Statement of Entry. …. ‘Tomorrow … look.’
I put on my most serious face, look him square in the eyes, and repeat, ‘Bizhan, I'm very sorry to tell you but you are not making an exam tomorrow.’
Mock agitation, a raised voice and an attempt at challenging me ...