As the year winds down, I look back on areas where I could have done more for my ELLs in their pursuit of English. Their writing and reading skills have improved and that is great. However, you would never know this from listening to them speak in a classroom. Incomplete sentences make up the bulk of their responses even with gentle nagging. There never seems to be enough of a transfer of classroom vocabulary to actual speech (without reminding). I have tried various group settings, games, role-playing, but it never seems to be enough. BTW, they are the sweetest kids in every respect and that is why I feel guilty this time of year.
Would any of you be willing to share what you are doing with your students be they ESL or EO (English only)?