Student Interview Paper

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Student Interview I have the pleasure of being in a Kindergarten classroom with sixteen amazing children this semester. Three of these children are English Language Learners (ELL). The one I have chosen to focus on for the purpose of the next several assignments is a little boy from China who I will refer to as ML. ML is polite, quiet and a focused child in the classroom. Though we are only a little over a month into the school year, ML seems to be thriving in his class. His culture may play a role in his current success because “a good education has always been highly valued in China, as the people believe that education ensures not only the future and development of the individual but also the family and the country as a whole” (Education…show more content…
I consider this to be a strength because “second language learners’ attitudes toward the target language culture and its members may either contribute to or hamper language acquisition” (Ariza 2010 142). This means his positive attitude towards learning English will help him learn faster. ML seems to learn things pretty quickly. When he encounters something he does not understand he is not afraid to ask for clarification which will also aid his learning and help prevent him from misconstruing unfamiliar words. ML enjoys working on the computer, which his teacher can use to help further his learning by taking advantage of language learning programs and software that reads the words on the screen to…show more content…
His instructional needs should be met by including comprehensible input and using models. His teacher seems to do a good job at this as she includes pictures all the time. When she writes words on the board she draws a picture next to it to represent the word. “In the American Educational Research Association (2004) published piece on boasting academic achievement of ELLs in terms of literacy, the following critical components are provided: (1) explicit instruction in word recognition through phonological awareness, practice reading, phonics, and frequent in-class assessment and (2) explicit instruction in skills that are needed to comprehend the text, such as vocabulary building in context, strategies to aid comprehension, and academic oral language development” (Ariza 2010 164). Fortunately for ML most of this is already built into his Kindergarten classroom and curriculum. At times ML needs repeated instruction, the use of simpler language or slower speech in order to help him process information or comprehend. ELLs “also need to interact with the ideas of others” (Staehr Fenner, Snyder) by engaging in conversations with his

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