Working With English Language Learners

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Each year, schools across the nation are seeing an increase in the amount of English language learners they are receiving. Teachers of all grade levels are finding it harder and harder to teach these ELLs because of lack of or little to no proper training. So the article, Setting the Foundation for Working with English Language Learners in the Secondary Classroom aims to show you the ideas and strategies that current and future teachers can incorporate into their daily class lessons to make them more effective in meeting the academic needs of ELLs and in helping them learn the target language.
This particular article starts out by introducing several numerical statistics in relation to the ever growing population of ELLs in the nation. For instance, one of the very first pieces of information you read states that 20% of the student population in the nation are ELLs. The article also states that many teachers consider themselves less-well are completely unprepared to work with ELL’s while only 12.5% of teachers have actually received 8 or more hours of training to be able to teach ELLs. The second portion of the article is all about the stages of second language acquisition of which there are 5. In order from low level of linguistic proficiency to high level of language proficiency the five levels – as stated by the article- are: Silent/Receptive/Pre-productive, Early Production, Speech Emergence, Intermediate Fluency, and Advanced Fluency. The article goes on to

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