Front loading is a crucial strategy to use when teaching English language learners. Front loading provides a lot of comprehensible input and essential information before the unit begins. For example, I am beginning a unit about Thailand. Instead of waiting to create the hands-on museum during the unit. I decided to put the artifacts out just before I began the unit. I want the students to get an idea of what the country, people, food, clothing, and toys look like so it wouldn't be completely foreign to them when I started teaching the unit.
Think about field studies? One way to provide front loading is to take the students on a field study before you begin the unit. For example, I take the students to the police station, post office, and fire station to give them an experience to refer to when they are learning about our community.
Message Edited by ajspillett on 02-03-2008 02:46 PM