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Who is an 'English-language learner'? - USA TODAY

Who is an 'English-language learner'? - USA TODAY | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
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Who is an 'English-language learner'?
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How would be beneficial to the students if there was an established definition for English Language Learners? Well the authorr agues that it would help students who migrate from state to state or county to county.  How is the approach of providing Fedreal incentive in order to encourage States to agree on a on a common definition of ELL very beneficial to the students?  This will be really tricky as some states like California and New York have a large population of ELL while other states do not. Getting the States to look at ELL individually may be a solution.  As we move toward the unified approach across States borders  the States will also have to be fair in considering the accomodations that will be provided to ELL learners. Some teachers read the test and the possible answesr to ELL during a test, but this can be time consuming and inconvenient. The author stated that label matters since ubnder the Civil Rights Act schools are required to provide additional resources to ELL. The big thing is that failure in definition directly impact the quality of education that your child may receive. If the definition variesthen the children that placed in that in ELL classes may vary and a child may not get the help he or she needs. If the child moves tto another school they may fall in a different group all together at one school  while if they were elsewhere they would get the etra help they need. Gaining the extra help can impact test scores and the child's approach to the education may improve.

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Teaching Successes with ELLs: Make English Language Learners Full Partners in Learning Process With Their Peers

Teaching Successes with ELLs: Make English Language Learners Full Partners in Learning Process With Their Peers | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
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Making English Language Learners partner with their peers is a suggestion that can help to bridge the Learning Gap for English Language Learners. Having them work with their peers using Project Base learning will help them develop self-confidence. Having dialogue with your peers help you to learn the language informally and they may be more comfortable contributing to the lesson. One could partner them with children that they are friends with as we tend to talk to our friends and through talking and listening to the spoken language their English will improve. In this kind of partnership the ELL students learn not only improve their English skills but they are also learning the same content as their peers.

 

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Supporting English Language Learners In Content Classes | Larry ...

Supporting English Language Learners In Content Classes | Larry ... | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Teaching Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners in mainstream content classes can be particularly challenging, and I've written extensively about it previously in two “The Best…” lists: The Best Sites For ...
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The author Larry Ferlazo has put together many resources that can be used by teachers of English Language Leaners. These resources are varied and provide different outlooks for teachers of  ELL students. The links to the other sites that he has created cover concepts like how to approach Bilingual Education. The idea of teaching them in their native language is astounding. Even though this idea is not new, we may want to study the long term benefits of teaching the children in their native language so we may evaluate  the long term effect that this approach would have on ELL test scores. The author suggested that after they have the basic concept, the teacher could teach in English and then review in their native Language.  Here they would know the content and then they can relate it to English so the teacher could use both languages to help them make the connection.  Yes, these children will need to be proficient in Engllish Language in order to be successful in America, however, introducing the topic in their native language could give them an added advantage. This way they would know what is discussed. We have heard many teachers saying that these ELL students sometimes do know how to do the Math in their Native Languages but fail in class because of the language barrier. It would help if basic topics are introduced in native language while the child is trying to learn English.

  However, we need to think about the resources that it would take to provide educators who are multi-lingual to teach in both languages. Then there is the problem that classrooms have multiple ethnicity and do we really have the time to introduce lesson in each child's native language. I think this approach is not the most practical in our multiple ethnicity society. The idea ofmaintaining a good relationship with the parents so they would be able to help their children to understand the concept would be very practical in helping the E.L.L students. 

 

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Supporting English Language Learners: A Guide for Teachers and Administrators

Supporting English Language Learners: A Guide for Teachers and Administrators | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Farin A. Houk is an elementary teacher in the Seattle area who has worked extensively with English language learners and their families in bilingual, dual language, and English-only programs.
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This book may be good to add to a reading list as it may shed new light on how to approach ELL students in other for them to get the most from education.

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English Language Learners: Culture, Equity and Language

Approximately 5.3 million public school students are English language learners. The National Education Association is leading the profession in preparing edu...
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The National Education association is a labor union that represents public school teachers. The clip featured teachers that have overcome the language obstacle and are now educators themselves. Many ELL children do not have individuals at home who are capable of teaching English or speaking the language with them. It is pivotal that the schools don’t exclude these children but find ways to make them feel included in the classroom activities. In an attempt to reach out to these ELL children teacher can connect the lesson to things that they may like or be familiar with in their culture. I am not suggesting that you placate the kids by playing a song or using one food to represent the entire culture but rather I am saying that you could connect the lesson. For example, in writing class you could say write about a pet or a family activity of your choice and then they could choose an ideas that they may be familiar with. This kind of approach help the kids to develop and may make them feel included in the clasrooms.

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Your Role in the Common Core: Advocating for ELLs

Your Role in the Common Core: Advocating for ELLs | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
I have been very fortunate this fall to work with dedicated teachers and administrators in a few different states who are involved with the education of English language learners (ELLs). As I’ve be...
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The author of the article, Diane Straehr Fenner, suggested that Educators use a CCSS audit as a “… collaborating tool to foster conversation and brainstorm appropriate actions….”  The role of the ELL teacher is one that comes with a lot of grey areas. Some schools encourage collaborating sections that help the core teacher to come together a form strategies on helping each child. The ELL teachers sometimes provide ways that the core teacher may help the ELL students during classes and test. She may suggest that the teacher reads for the students or she could tell the teacher alternative ways of getting help to some children while they are completing their projects. The question as to whether or not all ELL parents are aware of the implementation of CCSS. Teachers can have conferences and meetings to keep the parents informed of the changes that are taking place in the classrooms. Teachers can have flexible methods of having the conferences so they may have telephone or night conferences to accommodate some parents. Using this form as a tool principals can foster discussions that may help to bridge the gap for the children in the ELL classes. Frenner is using this article as a medium to promote her book and it may be a refreshing read for someone interested in being an ELL teacher as she writes from her experience in the classroom.

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12 Awesome Resources For English Language Learners

12 Awesome Resources For English Language Learners | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
To teach and provide the curriculum to students who do not speak the English language can be very challenging. In response to this, I have created what I consider to be 5 top books and also 7 great...
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