Case Study Classroom Scenario
ELL 240: Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners
Strategies for Teaching ELLs
An ELL is English-language learners, they are students who cannot talk well or learn adequately in English. Students who come from a non-English-speaking home a background usually need extra help or modified instructions with their English language and their classes. (edglossary.org). In the past twenty years, our population of ELLs have been growing fiercely in the United States. Teachers now days are having more ELL students in classrooms then they did in the past. These students are not speaking English, so teachers are having to learn how to address the students and how to help them learn the English language. Some of these students do not know how to speak any English at all. Each student has challenges, needs, and strengths that are different then others. Most researchers say that it will take anywhere from 5-7 years to learn the English language that will help you succeed academically and in any professional setting (Colorincolorado.org).
This paper is being wrote about a case study analysis. This will describe why its crucial helping students continue to succeed in their academic journey as a second language. This will help teachers effectively observe the children. By doing this the school can learn new ways to help teach an ELL with English as a second language.
Part I: Case Study Analysis
Mrs. Serpe has been teaching for about 10 years; this year is the first year she has had an ELL in her classroom that has a low proficiency level. She is not quite sure how to help the students yet. Maria and Abed are the two ELL students that are leaving her confused on how to help them.
About six months ago Maria had came into the classroom knowing very little English. She hardly talks in the classroom but has started talking to some of her friends during recess on the playground. While Maria is in the classroom she only smiles and nods when she is responding. Abed has been at this school for a little over a year and is doing pretty good. He came to the school with some knowledge of the English language. He is very involved in the classroom during discussions and will also talk to his friends at recess. Abed reads at almost grade level, he communicates well, outgoing, and very engaging in the classroom. Abed is able to speak English to the point where most people can understand him, he is great at listening and gets along pretty well with his peers. Abed does struggle with his writing in English. He has troubles with grammatical mistakes and not being able to write words on paper from his brain. When he has this problem be tends to become frustrated.
There are some things that will impact students that are learning a second language. If you had a student who was learning the second language at home and school, then they are being exposed more to the language that they are learning. If a parent can help their child focus on learning the English language more and more every day it will encourage the child to want to continue to learn even when they are struggling with what they are learning.