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Title of Your Hack: Non-Verbal Cues Support English Language Learners

Author: Teresita, Carolina, Jasmijn, Nathalie, Andrew

What is it? A tool to support second language learners.

Rationale: Second language learners have difficulties accessing content and


language objectives when delivered verbally. It is important that
second language learners have other means to access the content and
language objectives. Non-verbal cues help second language learners
access the main ideas to target the information that is being
delivered. At the same time it improves their acquisition of English.
Having clearly defined language objectives also helps second language
learners.

Student Outcomes Students will understand that verbal language isnt the only means to
access the content and language objectives.

When to Use Daily (whole group, small group, one-on-one)

Core Ideas Non-verbal cues include: gestures, pictures, movement,


music/songs, concrete objects that represent the learning and
any other visual support.
Use non-verbal cues to reinforce the meaning of things like
words.
Use non-verbal cues to reinforce classroom routines.
Using defined language objectives By the end of circle time
you will
Plan language objectives in advance

Think about your language objective when planning the


Guidelines for the Routine lesson, not just the content objectives.
Define the language objective at the beginning of each lesson.
Use non-verbal cues throughout the lesson.
Review the language objective at the end of the lesson.

Tips Ask for specific feedback from a coworker about the non-
verbal cues you use.
Think about what your language objectives are for specific
lessons.
Document thinking using the exact language the student
expresses for assessment of language acquisition and
objectives.
Think about non-verbal cues you could use in advance.

Examples By the end of circle time/music/art/PE you will


By the end of this mini-lesson you will
During circle time you were learning
During the mini-lesson you were learning