English As A Second Language Education Essay

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English As A Second Language Education

When the English as a second language learner (ESL) or the English language learner (ELL) students have achieved English proficiency, it helps students to develop their understanding of mathematics. Students then effectively use mathematical tools, charts, patterns and other strategies, as well as their prior learning experiences to make connections to solve related problems. The majority are able to transfer their manipulative exploration to solving problems with pencil and paper. Students use multiple solutions and strategies when they solve problems. They express their mathematical thinking through drawing, writing, and speaking. Students socialize their intelligence through playing games
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They need to understand all the strategies because strategies help students make meaning. The myth is until students learn English, there’s no point in trying to teach them content-area subjects. In reality, it is not necessary (or desirable) to wait until students are fluent in English before teaching them subject matter content (Carpenter, 1995). In fact, one effective way of learning a non-native language is to study content area subject matter through the media of the non-native language (McKeon & Samway, 1999).
From my own experience, many ESL/ELL students gravitate towards mathematics and towards fields where mathematics is essential such as physics, economics, engineering, etc. They assume that their language deficiencies will not handicap them as much as they would in other fields. They believe that the necessary level of English proficiency is lower in the study of mathematics because of the symbolic nature of the subject. Although learning English is essential for school success for all language minority students, the acquisition of English alone in no way guarantees that ESL/ELL students will succeed academically. Since understanding develops out of what people already know, teachers who teach for understanding constantly try to connect new problems to their students’ prior mathematical knowledge and backgrounds.

ESL/ELL Students’ Academic Advantages & Challenges

ESL/ELL students have knowledge gained in their country of origin, and this knowledge