Monday, December 11th, 2017

Hello teachers, parents and students and welcome to my ESL Website!

My name is Magalis King and I have been a certified teacher in Bridgeport Public Schools for 22 years.  I taught Grade 3 Bilingual Education for 7 years at Multicultural Magnet School and I worked as a Bilingual Curriculum Specialist for 13 years.  This is now my second year teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Multicultural Magnet.  Teaching ESL is so fascinating because I have the opportunity to work with students in Grades K – 8.

I created this website to give you some insight into the world of ESL!



Provide explicit vocabulary instructions for unfamiliar vocabulary prior to and during lesson (e.g. word walls, personal bilingual dictionaries, word cards with pictures, games, etc.).



Use scaffolding techniques and adapted content for comprehensible input

(e.g. jigsaws, think alouds, graphic organizers, answer frames, sentence starters, taped text, adapted test, etc.


Use visuals as much as possible,

Such as pictures, gestures, pointing, graphic organizers.



Provide supplementary materials,

such as graphs, models,

realia (actual objects), visuals.


Provide background knowledge and connect to students’ prior knowledge

(i.g. KWL charts,anticipation guides, bilingual dictionaries, journal writing in native language, creating bilingual books, etc.).


Learn about students’ culture and native language to better understand learning needs

 (i.g. what are the similarities of the phonetic systems?).


Expect reading skills to come slowly.

If the student had learned to read in his/her native language this will probably help him/her to transfer reading skills to English.  However, the student may be pronouncing words, but not really comprehending.



Use gentle correction to encourage use of correct patterns while at the same time encouraging risk-taking with the language

(i.g. Student says, “I eated breakfast.” Teacher responds, “I ate breakfast too.  I ate toast. What did you eat?”).


Modify activities and assessments according to the ELL language level.




Frequent opportunities for oral interaction

(i.g. Think-Pair- Share, Partner Talk, Cooperative Learning, etc.).


Bilingual Department’s Mission Statement

It is our mission to ensure that all English Language Learners (ELLs) receive quality instructional programs, curricula and services.  We strive to educate ELLs by developing oral and academic proficiency in English while maintaining and promoting the ELLs’ native language and culture.  ELLs are held to the same high standards and expectations for learning established for all students.


The Bilingual Department Goals are to:

Implement and support rigorous and comprehensive educational programs for English Language Learners


Ensure that English Language Learners are provided with equal access to educational services including support services that address their needs in an effective manner


  Ensure that English Language Learners receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging academic content and student achievement standards that all children are expected to meet