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Teaching ESL to students who speak English already

 
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carlyg



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Teaching ESL to students who speak English already Reply with quote

Hello everyone. I recently became certified to teach ESL, and am working for a school district in PA. My experience so far has been very different from what I expected. The ESL population here is very small, I only have 7 students in the entire district, and all but one of my students speak English as their primary language. Most of them know very little of their parents' native language. They qualify for ESL services because their parents speak something other than English, and as a result, the children have some issues with grammar mostly. It's nice in a way, because I can communicate very easily with my students, but the students (and their teachers) have a difficult time understanding why they are being pulled out of the regular classroom for ESL. I'm just wondering if my situation is unique, or if others have experienced this also.
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MsRookieTeach



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a similar situation with a student. I'm not sure what the classification criteria is in PA, but I know that in NY, despite fairly obvious protocols, students get misclassified as ESL. Worse yet, some students remain ELLs well into their later years. I have a student who is a 9 year ELL (in 9th grade now) who was utterly furious when she discovered that I would be pulling her out here and there, especially because of the stigma attached.

You might have to tell your student the same thing I told mine: "We'll get you to pass the test, be declared proficient, and then you don't have to worry about it anymore."

As for their teachers, they should be well aware of the "why," but if they take issue with it, they may look up the child's previous proficiency test scores themselves.
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