By Guest Writer, Dr. Eugenia Krimmel
In the inner city high school setting I found many unmotivated students who were talking about dropping out of school. Some English Language Learners come to school excited to learn while others lack motivation for various reasons. I couldn’t let these students give up! I had to figure out a way to get all of my ESL students excited about learning.
One thing I found effective was the use of theme-based projects. Theme-based projects can be an effective way to help ESL students gain reading comprehension. Paper and pencil as well as multimedia projects prove to be highly motivating for all my beginning ESL high school students.
When I shifted from the antiquated ESL book series to theme-based project units, all my ELLs decided to stay in school. One 17 year-old, ESL 2 student even told me he comes to school just for my class.
Here are some ways you can use this approach in your classroom: ...