Who are the Standard English Learners

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For the past two years I have worked as a teachers’ aide for special education classrooms. I have had the privilege of working in over fifteen different schools and over thirty different classrooms ranging from kinder garden to the adult transition program. For the past three months I have been working in an adult transition classroom with five students. Four out of our five students are non-verbal and have severe behaviors. The school is located in the small city of Corona, CA with Hispanic students being the majority group. In the classroom I am the only aide who can fluently speak and write Spanish. Being bilingual has helped me in my job because all of our student’s parents are Spanish speaking and are originally from Mexico.…show more content…
Recently I was assigned to a new family. While reading over their report and background I noticed they were part of the Asian culture. At first I didn’t think much of it, but when I arrived to their home for the first time I walked in and the mother immediately asked me if I could remove my shoes because it was disrespectful to walk into their home with shoes on. I immediately apologized and said that it wouldn’t be a problem for me to remove my shoes. After the interview I expressed to them that if there was anything that they wanted or needed me to do in order to follow their cultural practices to let me know. I was more than willingly to learn, but it was a challenge because I felt like I was always doing something wrong. Through this interaction I have been able to learn about a new culture.
Part II- Assessment of ELL & SEL Learner Needs When I began attending school my primary language was Spanish. My parents did not speak English in the home and when I went to school I knew and understood a little bit of English. I believe that having an older sibling helped me understand English. She began school a year before I did and picked up English from school and at home would speak to me in English. My parents encouraged this in our home and saw the need to begin learning basic English. My sister did not have learning disabilities growing up and from what I remember she did not have a problem learning English. Academically
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