In Order to Better Teach my ELL Students...

I like to think that it is very important to avoid making your ELL feel as if they are an outcast in your classroom. With this said, I hold the belief that a critical method to further educate ELL students is to not eliminate their home language, but rather add to it. I do not think that a language should ever completely be omitted from a child's education. If you were to have a monolingual student that only speaks a foreign language, I do not think it is very beneficial to have the student become monolingual in YOUR language. In my opinion, a bilingual approach would work out much better.

Some ideas I think would be worth considering are:
  1. Learn the language in question (I know this cannot be done all the time but I do think that this is one of the best methods if possible).
    1. If you do not have the time to learn the language translation may be a more feasible option.
        1. Google Translate is a popular app that I find very easy to use.
  2. Adopt assessments to be bilingual.
  3. Find ways to include other cultures in your classroom ( not only the ELL's culture).
  4. Support your ELL when possible.
    1. This one seems simple but sometimes teachers become engrossed in other things and the fate of their ELL slips their memory, which it should not.


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