Foundations and Assessment of Education/Edition 1/In Today's Schools Table of Contents/English Language Learners

English Language Learners
Observations and Reflections from Today's Classrooms

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There were a few English language learners in the class that I worked with. I was surprised to see that there were too many extra resources to help them. I found that the teacher would give a lot of one on one attention. Which is great for the one student but I could see it causing a problem overall for the whole classroom. I would have liked to have seen more visuals used possibly for instruction and other resources for the English language learners.

The plus was that the students were very bright and caught on very well. The students would also receive outside services such as ESL for an hour or two. I always think it is a great thing to have English language learners in a regular ed classroom. It really gets the few students to grasp concepts a lot quicker and become more adapted. The teacher I worked with did a great job with all of the students in her classroom. Sston008 (talk) 17:19, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Since I have not completed my observation I can tell of a personal experience being an English learning student myself. It was difficult for me at first and it took time for me to be fluent, but if it was not for the additional resources provided for me, I would still have difficulty even writing this paragraph. For one, I am not saying to give all the attention to ESL students but they are students first and foremost, with a great change upon them. If this matter is overlooked, it can even cause adaptation and behavioral problems because the individual feels secluded. I strongly believe in an inclusive classroom ideal and I think educators should take into account the needs of each student. Ehern004 (talk) 17:33, 2 August 2009 (UTC)