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This paper explains that the purpose of the author's field work assignment was to provide her with the opportunity to see how learning is acquired in the real world to complement the learning that takes place in her academic classroom. The paper describes the demographics of the Linden public schools district, its curriculum, its ELD program at Linden High School and the enthusiasm and skill of the teacher the author observed. The paper concludes that, although the author did not anticipate becoming an ESL teacher, after this field work experience, the author is invigorated by the possibility of teaching English as a second language.
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From the Paper:"The curriculum follows the same standards as a regular English classroom; however, the distinguishing characteristic is in the strategies and methodologies used to teach the students. The mode of teaching is Sheltered English Instruction which features instruction in English for students who are at least intermediate speakers of English. Teachers using Sheltered English Instruction utilize specific techniques to make the subject understandable to those still acquiring the English language.
"The lesson I observed was a test preparation lesson involving a reading passage and follow-up questions. The teacher used a variety of ESL strategies including connecting the reading to the student's prior experience, walking through a model of what they would be asked to do, guided practice, specific active learning questions, and a preview of vocabulary. The teacher also used "popsicle sticks" whereby each student's name was written on a stick and the students sat on the edge of their seats to see if their name would be called next. Used in conjunction with the previewing, modeling, and scaffolding, the teacher appeared to have the vast majority of the students' attention. Furthermore, to encourage oral fluency, the teacher demanded that students reply to her questions in complete sentences as opposed to phrases or clauses."
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Choosing to Teach ESL English (2013, January 17) Retrieved February 20, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/narrative-essay/choosing-to-teach-esl-english-152241/
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