The English Language Learner (ELL) Family and the School Persuasive Essay by scribbler

The English Language Learner (ELL) Family and the School
A discussion on how English Language Learner (ELL) programs must take place in the context of a positive relationship between the school and family.
# 153044 | 1,231 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (ESL) , Education (Multiculturalism)


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Description:

The paper discusses the sociocultural influences on the English language learner and explores the ways that the ELL instructor can work with the students to understand their cultural and social backgrounds better in order to teach them more successfully. Furthermore, the paper relates that in order to make the ELL process successful, schools must find ways to partner with families so that the children, and hopefully the parents, can learn the English language. The paper concludes that when all parties work together and put forth a good effort, learning the English language for a child whose native language is different, has the potential to open up a whole new world of opportunities.

Outline:
Introduction
Sociocultural Influences
Bilingualism and Home Language Use
Access to Community Resources for Learning English
Home and School Partnerships with ELL Families
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The ELL teacher should keep in mind that it can sometimes be difficult for the student to speak one language at home and be required to speak another while at school. This is especially true when no one else but the child is multilingual. There are almost always sociocultural influences on the English Language Learner. Their culture and at home and the way in which they act and react socially with their family may be quite different from the cultures and social aspects they encounter at school. As a result, a child who is bright and eager to learn may exhibit shyness and will not participate because they feel out of their element.
"There are ways that the ELL instructor can work with the student to understand their cultural and social backgrounds better in order to teach them more successfully. Many ELL students do not or will not participate in classroom activities because they are uninterested in or unfamiliar with the topics. In cases such as this, it is helpful when the instructor pays a visit to the child's home to get a first hand feel of the sociocultural dynamics in the household. Sometimes the children's parents are not as invested in the new language that their child is learning at school."

Sample of Sources Used:

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