Grade English As A Second Language Teacher

868 Words Apr 7th, 2016 4 Pages
My goal is to be a Kindergarten through 6th grade English as a Second Language teacher. There are a lot of children out there that are sent to school not knowing a single bit of english; I was one of those kids. Going to school for the first time was already hard enough and being in a place where I didn’t understand much of what anyone was saying was harder. I remember relying heavily on my ESL teacher. She played a very important role in my education and without her there wouldn’t really have been much of an education, honestly. I want to help children the way she helped me.
I believe that mastery of your content is a must. You have to know what you are going to teach because kids are going to ask questions; pulling things straight out of a book will not be enough, especially when you get students that can’t learn well from lecture-only teaching. For example, if you hand a Hispanic student a book on the English language that is written all in English (when they haven’t yet learned to read in that language), how are they supposed to learn? If you don’t know Spanish/English (or whatever it is you are trying to teach), how will you teach it? And if you don’t know how to teach it, how will they learn? Learning is also very important on the teacher’s side. You can’t teach someone something you didn’t learn first.
I think one of the most important things to remember is that one form of teaching or one set of strategies will not work the same on every one of your students. I…
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