English Language Learners (ELL) Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the writer's personal educational philosophy.
# 145714 | 1,929 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper outlines the writer's educational philosophy regarding English language learners. The paper first provides a background regarding English language learners, which reflects the author's understanding of the unique situation experienced by many English language learners today. The paper then describes a particular English language learner who serves as a symbol for the differences among English language learners. Finally, the paper discusses the theories and practices that the author finds most applicable to her case. The author contends that, by doing so, her educational philosophy is not only stated from a theoretical point of view, but is also conceptualized.

Table of Contents:
Description of the Student
Learning Styles Appropriate For This Subject

From the Paper:

"Today's education system is not necessarily conducive to the English language learner. Instead of smaller classes, where individual students can receive one-on-one instruction from teachers, many English language learners are placed in large classes with twenty or thirty other students who understand the English language well. Because of this, teachers are not always able to give their students the best chance of becoming competent in the English language, a proficiency that will allow them to continue to succeed in an English-based academic and business environment. Like any other discipline, the teaching of English as a second language can be conformed to fit with different teaching styles and teaching methods in order to cater to individual students and learning styles. Contrary to teaching in the past, which often focused on a teacher-centered classroom, today's teachers understand that a modification of their teaching styles to fit their students' learning styles and individual situations often has the best results. Even when they are given a large number of students, teachers know that they must make at least some attempt to individualize their lessons, or at least allow for different learning styles. For teachers of English as a second language, this is often even more pronounced. Students learning English as a second language often come from different backgrounds that make the task easier and harder. First, language acquisition is a skill much different than math, science, or other academic disciplines. Instead, learning a language requires not simply the rote memorization of words and grammar, but instead the ability to synthesize vocabulary, grammar, and meaning in order to achieve fluency. Students "need opportunities to grapple with concepts by discussing topics in meaningful and productive ways" (151). Thus, the English language classroom looks for "meaningful discourse," as well as contributions from students that make that meaning (151)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "English Language Learners." (nd). Retrieved January 16, 2009, from http://www.cal.org/topics/ell/immersion.html
  • Felder, Richard M. and Solomon, Barbara A." Learning Styles and Strategies. (nd). Retrieved January 16, 2009, fromhttp://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/styles.htm
  • "Sheltered English Instruction." (nd). Retrieved January 16, 2008, from http://www.alliance.brown.edu/tdl/tl-strategies/mc-principles.shtml.
  • Echevarria, J. Graves, A. (2007), Sheltered Content Instruction Teaching English Language Learners with Diverse Abilities, 3rd Edition, Boston, Pearson

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English Language Learners (ELL) (2010, November 25) Retrieved July 05, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/english-language-learners-ell-145714/

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