Evilyn Ortiz Teacher Candidate Touro Contribution – Modern American English- Approaches to Grammar/TESOL/Bilingual course

Sometimes Teacher Candidates contributions are too good to be buried in discussion boards.  Here is an outstanding post with permission from my teacher candidate. The activity by my teacher Evilyn is not only viable but also shows her thoughtfulness in folding in ESL grammar into real-life classroom teaching while making grammar fun. The assignment questions are featured in in italics.

Evilyn Ortiz is a certified biliassignment questions are featured in intalicsngual teacher (Spanish speaking) currently working in the Wyandanch schoEvelyn Ortizol district. She has worked for 2.5 years and is going on her second year teaching as a third grade bilingual teacher in Wyandanch. She loves working with ENL, CLD students and is currently pursuing her masters in TESOL at Touro College so that she can better support her students with new strategies and methods. 

  1. After reading our course texts, can you come up with a new method to teach the parts of speech to English Language Learners?

I like the idea of teaching the parts of speech through poetry. I think that this is an engaging way to teach parts of speech especially since most poetry is rich in nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and prepositions. I would use poetry to teach the parts of speech but chose which parts I want the scholars to focus on. In my class, we have mainly focused on nouns, verbs and adjectives and we color-coded each. A noun was to be identified in green, a verb was blue and adjectives were red.I often had my students do “scavenger” hunts during their literacy stations and they needed to find the part of speech and color/shade it the color assigned. Then students could create a chart using the words, create new sentences with the words and also needed to share their findings/data with a friend to see if they were in agreement or disagreement.

Create an activity for teaching the parts of speech for an ESL student that focuses on one particular learning style.

It was interesting to read about the different learning styles of children. All of my students are visual learners however, I have one global learner, one analytic learner, and one auditory learner. Any opportunity that I get to incorporate a video or audio to supplement a lesson, I use it in order to benefit my students.

For an auditory learner, this one specific student that I have in mind, I would pair her with a higher student. They will be given a short leveled reading a passage. I would give them job titles. The auditory learner will be the recorder and the other student will be the reader/teacher. This student is to read the passage three times. The first time just to listen, the second reading the recorder is to listen for nouns and verbs. The third reading, the student is to listen for the adjectives. Then they are to have an oral discussion of the examples they found within the text.

Pose three insightful questions relating to teaching the parts of speech or addressing learning styles to which your colleagues will respond.

  • Has anyone transformed their classrooms into a flexible seating classroom to address the various needs within your classroom?

  • On an elementary level, has anyone ever successfully had their students participate in an open panel?

  • According to Haynes, “most ELLs are visual or kinesthetic learners when they first learn English. Most teachers, especially in the upper grades, teach to students with an auditory learning style. This can be very difficult for the ELLs in your class.” Has anyone found that they are not using enough visual aids to support their ENL students and if so, how have you addressed it or plan to address it?


Haynes, J. (n.d.). Teach to Students’ Learning Styles. Retrieved June 20, 2018, from http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/learningstyle.php

Jordan, B. (2018). How to Teach Parts of Speech. Retrieved June 18, 2018 from http://blog.reallygoodstuff.com/4-fun-ways-to-teach-parts-of-speech/

Author: drcowinj

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today,” determined Malcolm X at the O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom. (June 28, 1964). (X, n.d.) Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin a Fulbright Scholar, SIT Graduate, completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Cowin served as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and Assistant Governor for New York State; long-term Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast meetings; and works as an Assistant Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Cowin has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur, and institutional leader with a focus on equity and access to digital literacy and education in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology innovation provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally. Dr. Cowin participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair-Elect for the New York State, NYS TESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning; Micro and Macro-Methodologies in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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