Kindergarten EL students have been focusing on strengthening their reading, listening and speaking skills. One way we do this is by learning vocabulary for a book, which will be read aloud to their peers in their classrooms.
Prior to being given their books, students listened as I read it aloud, pointing to the words. Because it was a pattern book, I used one color for the words that remained the same throughout the book and another color for the word that changed. Because many of us are visual learners, I included a picture for the object to give students a clue, knowing that some vocabulary words were unfamiliar or difficult to read (ie: shamrock and leprechaun).
After listening to me read the story aloud, students then took turns reading in front of the group. The more they were exposed to the words and visuals, the easier it was for them to remember the words.
By the time they were given their books, they were very familiar with the story and were ready to read it aloud in front of their peers in the Kindergarten classrooms.