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Welcome to the Minnesota ESL, Bilingual, and Migrant Conference


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Welcome to the Minnesota ESL, Bilingual, and Migrant Conference

  1. 1. Welcome<br />the 30th ELL, Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference<br />River Center, St. Paul, Minnesota <br />April 14 & 15, 2011<br />
  2. 2. In how many languages can you say the word welcome<br />
  3. 3. In how many languages can you say how are you?<br />
  4. 4. In how many languages can you say the word English<br />
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  6. 6. If I were a student in your school… <br />by RuslanaWesterlund<br />If I were a student in your school…<br />What would I see in the hallways?<br />What would I see on the walls?<br />Faces of the great presidents?<br />Turkeys, feathers, Indians,<br />Hispanic heritage month posters<br />That come up in November<br />come down by the end of December?<br />
  7. 7. What would I hear by my locker?<br />What would I feel in the lunchroom? <br />Would I feel welcomed? or<br />Would I be treated like a Hispanic token?<br />Would I hear laughter behind my back?<br />Would I be seen as somebody intelligent or<br />Just an ESL student?<br />
  8. 8. If I were a student in your <br />reading class… <br />Would I read Cat Sat on a Mat <br />in sixth grade?<br />Would I have to write about <br />my vacation?<br />Again and again and the <br />weekend’s fun?<br />Will I ever reach my true potential<br />If I write another sentence <br />“My weekend was fun”?<br />
  9. 9. If I were a student in your class,<br />Would you see me as a 21st century learner?<br />Would I be creating, blogging, networking?<br />Will my voice reach the farthest corner?<br />Will I be asked to participate in the digital world<br />Or be an outsider <br />who is utterly bored?<br />
  10. 10. I am a student in your class!<br />I speak three languages or half of the two<br />The school took away my first one<br />And my second language is still new.<br />I’m already on the outskirts of the academic content<br />I want to learn science, biology, and words like circumvent.<br />Yes, I want to engage, because I can!<br />To design, analyze is more than skim and scan.<br />
  11. 11. Yes, <br />I need the fundamentals,<br />Yes, <br />I need to <br />read and write<br />But if my <br />words are stuck on paper<br />Who cares <br />if the grammar is right?<br />Who cares <br />if I can decode<br />if the words <br />are on worksheets only?<br />Who cares about literacy<br />If it’s for the world in which you are lonely?<br />
  12. 12. Can my words fly across the ocean?<br />Can they reach <br />uncharted places?<br />Can they change this world even a little bit?<br />Can they put smiles <br />on children's faces?<br />If so, I am lining up <br />at the door!<br />If not, then I need <br />this no more!<br />©RuslanaWesterlund<br />
  13. 13. R U on Twitter?<br />Tweet or Follow<br />#MNELLConf11<br />
  14. 14. R U on<br />Tweet #MNELLConf11<br />
  15. 15. Have a great day!<br />