by Hope Patterson – Monday, April 30, 2012, 09:17 AM
Chapter 2 Understanding Today’s English Language Learners really focuses on who makes up this population and that all aspects of their lives effect their education. The rising number of ELL student’s in this country actually amazed me. One of the sections that were helpful to me as a regular education teacher was where the book laid out who is considered a limited English proficient student.
1. was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English and comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; or
2. Is a Native American or who is a native resident of the outlying areas and comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on such individual’s level of English language proficiency; or
3. Is migratory and whose native language is other than English and comes from an environment where language other than English is dominant; and
B. Who has sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language and whose difficulties may deny such individual the opportunity to learn successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction is English, or to participate fully in our society.
Another section that was helpful was the tips the book gave on how teachers could adjust their speech to increase comprehension for English language learners:
1. Face the students
2. Pause frequently
3. Paraphrase often
4. Clearly indicate the most important ideas and vocabulary through intonation or writing on the blackboard
5. Avoid “asides”
6. Avoid or clarify pronouns
7. Use shorter sentences
8. Use subject-verb-object word order
9. Increase wait time to allow students to answer
10. Focus on students’ meaning, not grammar
11. And avoid interpreting on a regular basis.
These tips are things that will not only help the ELL students’ but are useful to all the students’ in a regular education classroom