The Initiative on Diversity in Education is proud to present demonstration lessons, which are intended for use as training tools for administrators, coordinators/coaches, and teachers. The three demonstration lessons are experiential Sheltered Content lessons in which certified TESOL teachers taught a content area lesson to a group of non-native speakers of various languages. These lessons were conducted as part of the roll-out of the Connecticut English Language Learner Framework led by the Connecticut State Department of Education’s ELL/Bilingual Consultant (Marie Salazar Glowski) and the ELL Framework Committee (which included but was not limited to the teachers and facilitators of these lessons), and coordinated by SERC (2006-2009).
These lessons and materials are intended to serve two purposes. First, they are meant to serve as professional learning/development tools and resources for educators in CT who are learning more about how to instruct English Language Learners in general education classrooms, where instruction is delivered in English. Second, they are meant to be resources for instructional coaches and educators who develop and deliver professional development experiences within their own districts.
In the first lesson, Sherri Poi (ESOL Teacher in Avon Public Schools, Avon, CT) teaches a Grade 3 Math lesson in Japanese to a group of teachers from Connecticut. The group of teachers consists of English speakers, almost all of whom had no experience with or proficiency in Japanese at the time of this lesson. Sherri planned her lesson using both Content Area and English Language Learner standards and objectives. During this lesson, one will see the salient components/features of Sheltered Instruction and clear demonstrations of Sheltered Instruction strategies. The lesson plan and some of the supplementary materials for each of the lessons are provided here as well. At any time, you may click on the list of components/parts of the lesson or the list of teaching strategies to view only that part of the lesson. To view the lesson in its entirety, click “play” below.
Presenters and participants of the lessons have given permission for the release and publication of these videos.
Sheltered Content Lesson MaterialsSheltered Grade 3 Math Lesson in Japanese – Full Video
Sheltered Grade 3 Math Lesson in Japanese – Videos split by parts of lesson
|Parts of Lesson||Sheltered Instructional Strategies captured in Parts of Lesson|
|Introduction of presenter and Sheltered Math Lesson||
|PRESENTATION: Introductions, “What’s Your Name?”||
|PRESENTATION: Teaching of vocabulary required by content lesson (Recycling Olympics)||
|PRESENTATION/PRACTICE: Counting and counting song||
|PRACTICE: Numbers & Counting||
|PRACTICE: Money & Counting||
|PRACTICE: How much? More and Less/Most and Least||
|PRACTICE: How many?||
|USE/APPLICATION: Word Problems - Recycling Olympics||
For the purpose of this demo lesson, the lesson was shortened. In the longer/ extended version of this lesson, participants go on to answer several other, higher-level and related math word problems.
|DEBRIEFING OF LESSON: Participant Feelings||
Facilitator – Colleen – participant feelings – challenged, lost, confused, stupid, embarrassed, needed to focus/pay attention, wanted to ask questions in L1 (English), couldn’t wait for it to be over, trying to look at everything at once, looking for clues/what would help most, constantly scanning for info, trying to make connections to English
Teacher/Presenter – Sherri – lots of cognates/borrowed words - some people recognize them more than others (sound of it), katakana (C-V), borrowing of words for new dev/concepts, etc.
Facilitator – Colleen – “That’s how ELLs feel in your content classrooms – even high-level students “missing pieces.” Imagine how hard it is to master content when you’re feeling this way.
|DEBRIEFING OF LESSON: Observers and participants – what the teacher did; what the students did||
Facilitator-led debriefing of the observation tasks – observers and participants – What the teacher did to make the content comprehensible; What the students did.
Sheltered Grade 3 Math Lesson in Japanese
Experiential Sheltered Content Lesson Professional Development Resources
- Experiential Sheltered Content Lesson – Facilitator’s Debriefing Guide
- Observation Task 1 - for lesson participants
- Observation Task 2 - for observers – Steps of the Lesson
- Observation Task 3 - for observers – Student Learning
- Observation Task 4 - for observers – Stages of Second Language Acquisition
- Observation Task 5 - for observers – Aspects of Language
- Observation Task 6 - for observers – Comprehensible Input Strategies
ADDITIONAL VIDEOS and LESSON MATERIALS ARE CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION.