Ninety English Learners Tell Their Stories of Challenge and Triumph in 2015 Summer Program

Poetry, rap songs and vivid videos filled the airspace at the Neutral Zone on Thursday evening, July 23, when 90 English Learners performed their stories of challenge and triumph for more than 250 families, community members and educators.  The Summer ESL Academy (SESLA) program, is designed to support English Learners to expand their academic English skills and prevent “summer slide” and was designed and taught be 18 ELMAC interns, and 8 AAPS ESL teachers.  The program is coordinated by UM faculty members Debi Khasnabis and Cathy Reischl and included fourth through eighth grade students from Mitchell, Carpenter, Pittsfield, Allen, Burns Park, Pattengill, Dicken Elementary Schools and Tappan and Scarlett Middle Schools. 

Overview of the program: What did you learn during SESLA?

Overview of the process of making 4th and 5th grade rap songs

Overview of the process of making 6th- 8th grade rap songs

Click on the following links to see and hear other samples of student work.

4th and 5th grade poetry

6th and 8th grade poetry

Jose Poem

Zombie Bullies in Middle School

Taking a Test

Hobby Hour

Challenges in Friendships

Three Mean Girls

Jose’s Business

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