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Welcome to The ESL Teaching Podcast, a place for K-12 teachers of English learners who are looking for simple and easy-to-implement ways to engage their students and for inspiration and empowerment in their day-to-day teaching. Whether you need a boost of confidence in reaching ESL/ELL newcomers, students in mixed proficiency level classes, or clarity in how to help them access content in the mainstream classrooms, this podcast will quickly become your go-to spot for inspiration and support. Each week, you will hear actionable and easy-to-implement tips and strategies from me, your host, as well as interviews with amazing ESL teachers, and educational consultants around the country so you can leave inspired and ready to rock on. For more teaching tips, strategies and teaching resources, go to www.simplyieva.com. And to connect with other like-minded educators of English learners, join us over at our Facebook group Helping ESL/ELL Teachers K-12 where you can find support, ask questions, and share your expertise.I always say: teaching English learners is the best job in the world. And even though it’s sometimes hard, by staying open and learning together, we make it a path of discovery and adventure. I will see you inside the show!www.simplyieva.com/apple

The ESL Teaching Podcast Ieva Grauslys, ESL/ELL teaching

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

Welcome to The ESL Teaching Podcast, a place for K-12 teachers of English learners who are looking for simple and easy-to-implement ways to engage their students and for inspiration and empowerment in their day-to-day teaching. Whether you need a boost of confidence in reaching ESL/ELL newcomers, students in mixed proficiency level classes, or clarity in how to help them access content in the mainstream classrooms, this podcast will quickly become your go-to spot for inspiration and support. Each week, you will hear actionable and easy-to-implement tips and strategies from me, your host, as well as interviews with amazing ESL teachers, and educational consultants around the country so you can leave inspired and ready to rock on. For more teaching tips, strategies and teaching resources, go to www.simplyieva.com. And to connect with other like-minded educators of English learners, join us over at our Facebook group Helping ESL/ELL Teachers K-12 where you can find support, ask questions, and share your expertise.I always say: teaching English learners is the best job in the world. And even though it’s sometimes hard, by staying open and learning together, we make it a path of discovery and adventure. I will see you inside the show!www.simplyieva.com/apple

    Episode 103 - Questions Answered - Developing Supportive Mindset for EL Success

    Episode 103 - Questions Answered - Developing Supportive Mindset for EL Success

    Guess what? It's Q & A time. I receive many emails from teachers sharing their current biggest struggles, both EL teachers and classroom educators. I read every single email, and although I don't always have the time to respond to you personally, I want you to know that I see you and I hear you. And with that, I also know that if one person is asking the question, there have to be other people wondering about the same thing as well. So today, I took six of the most burning questions, and we'll answer them in this episode. As always, we will talk about teaching newcomers, both in an EL setting and in regular education classrooms. We will touch upon why it is essential for schools to address the way ELs are serviced and revisit the language acquisition process.
    What you will hear about in this episode:
    The importance of addressing questions that resonate with multiple teachersStruggles with teaching high school newcomers who do not speak EnglishA new English teacher's struggle with teaching students of all levels in a private academyEmphasizes honoring the stages of language acquisition and working with students at their paceThe challenges of limited resources and insufficient staffing in covering multiple schoolsThe importance of mindset shifts and collaboration between EL and regular education teachers for tangible change

    Show Notes:
    Episode 103 - Questions Answered - Developing Supportive Mindset for EL Success

    Simply Ieva Offers:
    Free Audio Training - 3 Mindset Shifts for Instilling and Living Out a Belief that All Teachers are Teachers of Language.Book a $0 Consult Call - Lead ELs to Progress without Overwhelm1:1 ESL Teacher Coaching Session The ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. My TpT store

    Related/Previous Episodes:
    Episode 97 - How to Harness the Power of Second Language Acquisition When Working with ELsEpisode 98 - EL Newcomer to Experienced Multilingual: A Journey Through Proficiency Levels

    Let’s Connect!
    Follow me on InstagramFollow me on LinkedInDid you know that the ESL teaching podcast is a couple episodes away from its 100th episode? That means that I’ve been recording and you’ve been listening for two years and this calls for a celebration. Record a short message on speakpipe.com and I will air it on the 100th episode. You can find the link to speakpipe in the show notes - can’t wait to hear from you! HERE is the link. 

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    • 13 min
    Episode 102 - 3 Essential Keys to Assessing English Learners

    Episode 102 - 3 Essential Keys to Assessing English Learners

    Testing season is upon us, and with it, changed schedules, test practice, and new questions about how we can help our students, especially ELs, navigate this time of quite a bit of stress. Any test, whether it's a check-in quiz, a unit test, or a serious state assessment, can be a challenge to an English learner, especially one that is at a newcomer, beginner, or low intermediate proficiency level. So how do we help those students who bring with them so much knowledge yet frequently do not have an equitable way to demonstrate it? In today's episode, you'll hear why assessments can be difficult for ELs and what teachers can do to help them prepare for any test.

    What you will hear about in this episode:
    Timed formal assessments are challenging for ELs who need more time to process information.Challenges posed by multiple choice tests, including nuances of language and vocabulary.Importance of understanding the needs of EL students in relation to assessmentsStrategies to help EL students prepare for assessments

    Show Notes:
    Episode 102 - 3 Essential Keys to Assessing English Learners

    Simply Ieva Offers:
    Free Audio Training - 3 Mindset Shifts for Instilling and Living Out a Belief that All Teachers are Teachers of Language.Book a Free Consult Call - Lead ELs to Progress without Overwhelm1:1 ESL Teacher Coaching Session The ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. My TpT store

    Related/Previous Episodes:
    Episode 97 - How to Harness the Power of Second Language Acquisition When Working with ELsEpisode 98 - EL Newcomer to Experienced Multilingual: A Journey Through Proficiency Levels

    Let’s Connect!
    Follow me on InstagramFollow me on LinkedInJoin the Simply Ieva Facebook GroupDid you know that the ESL teaching podcast is a couple episodes away from its 100th episode? That means that I’ve been recording and you’ve been listening for two years and this calls for a celebration. Record a short message on speakpipe.com and I will air it on the 100th episode. You can find the link to speakpipe in the show notes - can’t wait to hear from you! HERE is the link. 

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    • 17 min
    Episode 101 - Math is NOT a Universal Language and Here is Why with Odalis Amparo

    Episode 101 - Math is NOT a Universal Language and Here is Why with Odalis Amparo

    How many times have you heard this phrase, math is math, it is a universal language. Well, let me tell you, it is not. And that is exactly what today's guest, Odalis Amparo from Illustrative Mathematics, and I talk about. Odalis is a skilled educator who is highly committed to elevating the voice and supporting the achievement of students and teachers in historically marginalized communities. She's fiercely passionate about the intersection between language learning, mathematics instruction and the culturally sustaining pedagogy. Odalis is currently a professional learning specialist at Illustrative Mathematics, but has experience as an elementary classroom teacher and mathematics coach in a variety of settings. Odalis and I have a powerful conversation about why teaching math language is a must.
    I personally could talk to her for hours, but we had a little bit of time and we managed to get so many meaningful and important ideas in just the short time that we had. I know you will find this conversation both very helpful and moving at the same time.
    What you will hear about in this episode:
    The importance of teaching math languageWe dissect the notion that every student can in fact be a math personThe cultural frameworks that students and teachers bring into a math classroomHow to make math joyful and so much more

    Show Notes:
    Episode 101 - Math is NOT a Universal Language and Here is Why with Odalis Amparo
    Simply Ieva Offers:
    Free Audio Training - 3 Mindset Shifts for Instilling and Living Out a Belief that All Teachers are Teachers of Language.Book a Free Consult Call - Lead ELs to Progress without Overwhelm1:1 ESL Teacher Coaching Session The ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. My TpT store
    Record a comment for us - click HERE. We can’t wait to hear from you!


    Related/Previous Episodes:
    Episode 62 - 4 Strategies for Teaching Math to ESL Students
    Connect with Odalis: 
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    Let’s Connect!
    Follow me on InstagramFollow me on LinkedInDid you know that the ESL teaching podcast is a couple episodes away from its 100th episode? That means that I’ve been recording and you’ve been listening for two years and this calls for a celebration. Record a short message on speakpipe.com and I will air it on the 100th episode. You can find the link to speakpipe in the show notes - can’t wait to hear from you! HERE is the link. 

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    • 34 min
    Episode 100 - It's Our 100th Episode! Comments From Listeners and Hot Seat with Simply Ieva

    Episode 100 - It's Our 100th Episode! Comments From Listeners and Hot Seat with Simply Ieva

    You're listening to the 100th episode of the ESL Teaching Podcast. Can you believe the ESL teaching podcast has been around for 100 episodes? Me neither. This occasion certainly calls for celebration, and I wanted to make it a little different than usual. Instead of interviewing another wonderful educator or giving you teaching tips, today, you will hear an interview with me! That's right. I am in the hot seat, and I am answering your questions about Ieva, the person, and Ieva, the teacher! 
    What you will hear about in this episode:
    You will learn about my family and my story as an immigrant and English learnerThe silly things I can't live without and my life outside of schoolMy philosophy as a teacher and educational consultantI will also share wonderful reviews from my listeners, and I invite you to share yours whenever you get a chanceShow Notes:
    Episode 100 - It's our 100th episode! Comments from listeners and hot seat with Simply Ieva

    Record a comment for us - click HERE. We can’t wait to hear from you!


    Simply Ieva Offers:
    Free Audio Training - 3 Mindset Shifts for Instilling and Living Out a Belief that All Teachers are Teachers of Language.Book a Free Consult Call - Lead ELs to Progress without Overwhelm1:1 ESL Teacher Coaching Session The ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. My TpT store
    Related/Previous Episodes:
    Episode 95 - Empowering Adult English Learners with Leah MitchellEpisode 69 - How to Engage English Learners with TPR with guest Meeghan CarterLet’s Connect!
    Follow me on InstagramFollow me on LinkedInJoin the Simply Ieva Facebook GroupConnect with Allison, Podcast Manager: 
    Instagram - @allisonnitschWebsite - allisonnitsch.comDid you know that the ESL teaching podcast is a couple episodes away from its 100th episode? That means that I’ve been recording and you’ve been listening for two years and this calls for a celebration. Record a short message on speakpipe.com and I will air it on the 100th episode. You can find the link to speakpipe in the show notes - can’t wait to hear from you! HERE is the link. 

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    • 33 min
    Episode 99 - Why Less is More When Teaching EL Newcomers and Beginners

    Episode 99 - Why Less is More When Teaching EL Newcomers and Beginners

    This is episode 3 of the 3-part series called, “You Can't Buy Language at Walmart: 3 Essential but Overlooked Details of Teaching Language to EL Newcomers and Beyond.” In the previous episodes, I talked about the time it takes to acquire a language and about proficiency levels and why they are essential for teachers to know when working with English learners. Today, I wanted to talk about the classwork and homework our ELLs have to do, and about how we can make it more manageable and effective with a less is more when teaching EL newcomers and beginners. 
    The amount of academic work is highly dependent on the student grade level and school, but I wanted to offer a few insights about what can be done to battle teacher and student overwhelm when it comes to assigning work to English learners. I will share a seemingly simple phrase, which is so elusive when we try to implement it in real life, insights into why it is important to pause and review what we're doing and ways to make classwork more targeted for ELs.

    What you will hear about in this episode:
    Challenges faced by English language learners in schoolLess is more approach in teaching English language learnersStrategic instruction and quality of work for ELsCrafting a plan to enhance teaching strategies and create a system for effective instruction

    Show Notes:
    Episode 99 - Why Less is More When Teaching EL Newcomers and Beginners

    Simply Ieva Offers:
    Free Audio Training - 3 Mindset Shifts for Instilling and Living Out a Belief that All Teachers are Teachers of Language.Book a Free Consult Call - Lead ELs to Progress without Overwhelm1:1 ESL Teacher Coaching Session The ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. My TpT store

    Record a comment for us - click HERE. We can’t wait to hear from you!



    Related/Previous Episodes:
    Episode 98 - From newcomer to experienced multilingual : a journey through proficiency levels Episode 87 - What does it take to acquire a language and why all teacher should know thisDid you know that the ESL teaching podcast is a couple episodes away from its 100th episode? That means that I’ve been recording and you’ve been listening for two years and this calls for a celebration. Record a short message on speakpipe.com and I will air it on the 100th episode. You can find the link to speakpipe in the show notes - can’t wait to hear from you! HERE is the link. 

    Support the show

    • 14 min
    Episode 98 - EL Newcomer to Experienced Multilingual: A Journey Through Proficiency Levels

    Episode 98 - EL Newcomer to Experienced Multilingual: A Journey Through Proficiency Levels

    Today's episode is episode 2 of the 3 part series, which I called, “You Can't Buy Language at Walmart: 3 Essential but Overlooked Details of Teaching Language to Young Newcomers and Beyond”. In the previous episode, I talked about the stages of language acquisition and the most important aspect of learning any language, which is time. If you haven't listened to it, I highly recommend going back and tuning in. Today, I wanted to take you a step further and talk about the language proficiency levels. Different states use different assessment tools to determine where on the English language learning spectrum the students are. But, nonetheless, it is crucial for all educators to know this information if we want to help our multilingual learners progress and succeed in the academic environment at school.
    What you will hear about in this episode:
    Different types of English learners, including newcomers and experienced multilingual learnersImportance of understanding language proficiency levelsWhy teachers should use proficiency based scaffolds in their classroomCorrelation between language proficiency levels and language acquisition stages

    Show Notes:
    Episode 98 - EL Newcomer to Experienced Multilingual: A Journey Through Proficiency Levels

    Simply Ieva Offers:
    Free Audio Training - 3 Mindset Shifts for Instilling and Living Out a Belief that All Teachers are Teachers of Language.Book a Free Consult Call - Lead ELs to Progress without Overwhelm1:1 ESL Teacher Coaching Session The ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. My TpT store

    Related/Previous Episodes:
    Episode 87 - What Does it Take to Acquire a Language and Why All Teacher Should Know ThisEpisode 97 - How Teachers Can Harness the Power of Language Acquisition Stages When Working With ELs

    Let’s Connect!
    Follow me on InstagramFollow me on LinkedInJoin the Simply Ieva Facebook GroupDid you know that the ESL teaching podcast is a couple episodes away from its 100th episode? That means that I’ve been recording and you’ve been listening for two years and this calls for a celebration. Record a short message on speakpipe.com and I will air it on the 100th episode. You can find the link to speakpipe in the show notes - can’t wait to hear from you! HERE is the link. 

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    • 16 min

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A must for any teacher with an EL Student!

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