ELL students and Social Emotional Learning

School counselors facilitate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for their students, but sometimes, there is a language barrier that prevents English Language Learners (ELL) from learning these skills at the same rate as their peers.  Some ELL students have gone through a lot to get to the US and to Nebraska and may have experienced trauma along the way. Students who have experienced trauma need to be able to talk about their feelings and that starts with learning to name their emotions.  

Lisa Moreno, the school counselor at Grant, recently undertook a project to teach English words for emotions to her Spanish speaking students.  Pictured below are some of those students learning words for feelings, and practicing social skills together by playing a game.