A Diverse Population
In the United States, the number of school-age children (ages 5–17) who speak a language other than English at home has doubled within the last twenty years to an estimated 14 million students. Many of these students are English Language Learners (ELL).
In addition to being linguistically diverse, English Language Learners also differ by previous schooling experiences, socio-economic situations and/or family histories. Consequently, our classrooms must be differentiated and culturally responsive to be highly effective.
For students who receive ELL services in particular, the quality and quantity of the exposure to academic American English is essential to their progress and success. In this session, the two objectives are:
- To build common vocabulary regarding ELL and language instruction; and,
- Learn and apply instructional strategies for ELL.