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ELL students can be Universal approach is I have learned so many
composed of new being encouraged for things throughout the
immigrants or native- various Special Education course. From creating a
born. Native-born ELLs strategies; do you think healthy learning
are students who speak a that, that can also be environment, language
first language other than applicable for language acquisition, strategies for
English and who only get strategies for ELL reading, writing and
English-language students? vocabulary, assessments,
exposure in the school. An to answering my own
example of which are What language strategies research questions, or
children of immigrants. can you implement in a should I say, personal
mainstream classroom doubts. The learning that I
ELL students are more that could benefit all have gained in the said
likely to be misdiagnosed students (universal topics can be seen in my
(e.g. speech-delay). approach)? blog and the artifacts that
I have chosen to share. For
ELL students who may not (About teaching the L part of my KWL
have any experiences with demeanor) How do you chart I want to focus on
school are also adjusting support ELL students and answering some of the
to the new school boost their confidence to questions that I had
environment (apart from communicate (both before I started the
the new language). written and spoken course.
language) all at the same
ELL students, depending time? Universal approach is
on their age, have already being encouraged for
mastered or are proficient How do you respond to various Special Education
in another language. The parents who tell you that strategies; do you think
level of proficiency can be in order for their children that, that can also be
used as a linguistic to be proficient in English, applicable for language
background knowledge or they are no longer strategies for ELL
resource as they learn or speaking their native students?
acquire a new one (ex: language at home?
phonics). The strategies that I have
As a teacher, what learned throughout the
ELL students need to exercises can you do to course can also be applied
develop 2 language help boost your in the mainstream
proficiencies: confidence in teaching classroom – benefiting not
conversational language, ELL students? just the ELL student, but
which is used for day-to- also his/her peers. One
day interactions, and Which instructional example for writing is the
academic language, which method is known to be Quick Write where
is used by teachers and more effective for ELL students are encouraged
textbooks – this is students, one-to-one, to write down their ideas
essential for academic small group or large freely without the fear of
success. group? And why? getting marked. This
exercise is recommended
In a school context, ELL for ELL students, and at
students learn the same time, this is also
conversational (everyday) beneficial for the English-
language faster speaking students as they
(approximately 2-3 years) build their stamina for
compared to the writing.
acquisition of academic
language, which may take How do you respond to
them several years to parents who tell you that
develop and be at par with in order for their children
their (grade) to be proficient in English,
counterparts. they are no longer
speaking their native
Apart from structural language at home?
competence (grammar
etc.), ELL students also I now have resources that
need to learn I can share with parents
sociolinguistic whenever they have
competence (adjusting questions regarding
how they speak based on language acquisition.
different social contexts).
Which instructional
method is known to be
more effective for ELL
students, one-to-one, small
group or large group? And
why?
Based from most of the
readings from this course,
small group has been
highly suggested because
of different factors. One,
ELL students can be more
comfortable speaking in a
smaller group (especially
when they are trying to
use the L2 and the
vocabulary that they have
been acquiring. Two,
there’s direct peer
correction and/or
evaluation whenever they
commit mistakes when it
comes to using new
words. Third (and last for
this chart) is because
dialogue and taking turns
is easier for ELL students
when they are in a small
group.