Instructional Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners Math

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Instructional Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners Math EDU 534: Diverse Family Structures October 10, 2012 Abstract This paper investigates and examines the needs of English Language Learners (ELL) in our classrooms today. It defines who they are, gives statistics at three different levels, nationally, statewide and at the school level. A few general concerns about ELL are discussed and also some positive indicators are given to give a foundation to work from. Academic goals in English language development, reading and math; that can be applied for all students, and assessment considerations are reviewed. Finally, proven instructional…show more content…
Enrollment for Spanish speaking is low, but rising. When a child starts school in Pre-K, achievement gaps lessen with government supported programs like Head Start and Even Start. Studies have shown that kids who enter Pre-K become independent learners earlier and develop better language skills. The benefits are not only academic, but social, too. (Discovering the benefits of Pre-K 2007) Academic Goals If teachers look, they will find many instructional techniques and strategies that will help the ELL. We need to consider many variables like: age, native language, cultural and academic backgrounds, parent literacy and English proficiency, when choosing the proper teaching instruction for our ELL students. We need to have high expectations and set achievable goals for all students, in all academic areas. In English language development, students need to improve; vocabulary development, listening comprehension, grammar and syntax. In reading; vocabulary development, word reading, fluency and accuracy when reading, and reading comprehension. In math; vocabulary in context and achievement, understanding of concepts and procedures and their applications and word problems. WWC Evidence for Review Protocol for Interventions for English Language Learners, Version 2. (2009) Assessment Ideally, before any instruction begins, assessment should take place, although this is not always the case. A few things to
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