Friday, September 27, 2013

Learning about ELL students before volunteering

Some interesting advice for ELL volunteer teachers; like learning their customs and how to pronounce their names.    - - Donna Poisl

by Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer

LEWISTON – Before Bates College students begin working with Lewiston's English Language Learner students, 85 percent of whom are children of Somali immigrants, there's a few things they should know, an expert panel said Thursday.
When dealing with the opposite sex, hold off before offering to shake hands, advised Abdi Musa, the Lewiston School Department school community relations staffer. Depending on the level of conservatism in their families, some shake hands, others don't.
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