Pros: appreciative and cooperative staff
Cons: not enogh space given over for esl students
A typical day in my ESL class began with hall duty which mostly consisted of meeting and greeting the students. Teachers were fairly free to put their own stamp to the curriculum in terms of approach.
Generally, a preparation period allowed me to plan and gather materials together for the upcoming day. Typical classes began by introducing the topic in some kind of novel way such as commenting on a stimulus such as a picture or quote. It was worthwhile to think of something appropriate to work as a snare or hook to get students' attention for that day's theme or objective--in orther words, to get them into it.
Lower level students spent time with me going over short readings and working on related vocabulary and pronunciation. Vocabulary work was done in various ways: sometimes I asked them to make up sentences using words that could be loosely related in the same sentence based on previous work that would start with labeling a picture, for instance.
For writing, I often used short poems as departure points, letting students first read and discuss them and then I'd often ask them to write similar poems (or lines) themselves based loosely on the model poem's topic and/or configuration of lines, or alternatively, to write a line using a poetic figure (simile, alliiteration, etc).
For review, sometimes I asked students to make up their own quiz questions starting with various stems like "Explain" or "What is" This practice seemed to give them confidence in asking questions in general and was a way to make sure they had time to reflect on what they had learned.
Often, I had students – more... write their sentence or paragraphs on the board for peer comments and or correction, the idea being that the students learned best by stimulating one another with their own comments, questions, writings. It also gave them the chance to "play teacher" which is always empowering.
Administrators seemed to appreciate my work. Once or twice my ESL students' writings and poetic work was exhibited in the hallways. – less