Answer Key: ESL Learners Struggle Online

Lesson Plan:  ESL Students Struggle  With Online Learning During COVID-19

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. interpreter |inˈtərprədər| noun-a person who interprets, especially one who translates speech orally.
  2. Remote  |rəˈmōt| adjective (remoter, remotest)  (of a place) situated far from the main centers of population; distant: a remote Oregon valley | I’d chosen a spot that looked as remote from any road as possible.
  3. fluent |ˈflo͞oənt| adjective (of a person) able to express oneself easily and articulately: a fluent speaker and writer on technical subjects.
  4. chronic |ˈkränik| adjective (of a problem) long-lasting and difficult to eradicate: the school suffers from chronic overcrowding.
  5. exacerbate |iɡˈzasərˌbāt| verb [with object] make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse: the exorbitant cost of land in urban areas only exacerbated the problem | the forest fire was exacerbated by the lack of rain.
  6. immigrant |ˈiməɡrənt| noun a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.
  7. essentials |əˈsen(t)SHəl| noun (usually essentials) a thing that is absolutely necessary: we had only the bare essentials in the way of food.
  8. newcomer |ˈn(y)o͞oˌkəmər| noun -a person or thing that has recently arrived in a place or joined a group.
  9. resource |ˈrēˌsôrsrəˈsôrs| noun- (usually resources) a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively: local authorities complained that they lacked resources.
  10. effort |ˈefərt| noun -a vigorous or determined attempt: hammer birdhouses to country fenceposts in an effort to bring back the eastern bluebird.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions

Like many parents, Zainab Alomari has spent the last month trying to help her children learn at home.

Four of her six children attend Oakland public schools.

Her husband is gone most days to run the family’s grocery business.

When one of her children has a question about the instructions on an assignment, Ms. Alomari relies on Google Translate.

Nearly a quarter of immigrants and their American-born children live in poverty.


Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

Ms. Torres, an immigrant from Mexico, works two to three days a week cleaning houses, even during the crisis. She has put her older son in charge of helping his little brother with homework, but she is concerned that neither of them are getting the support they need.