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English language learners' own cultural backgrounds

Some educators argue the importance of connecting new information to English language learners' own cultural backgrounds in order to make content concepts meaningful. Others disagree, stating that students relate more to popular American influences (e.g., "adolescent culture") than they do to their parents' traditional cultural practices.

1. What are some merits and problems with both positions?

2. What about ELLs born in the United States who have never lived in their native cultural setting?

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Welcome to BM! I offer 100 words of my notes and reference link. Please rate 5/5 accordingly.

1.Some merits associated with connecting new information to English language learners' own cultural backgrounds, I feel, are that if teachers value all students' cultures, then teachers value them as learners, which automatically instills trust and respect, two premises of education.
The merits here reflect the notion of the whole child teaching philosophy. I also think that it enhances students' emotional connectivity with the content and enhances their self-esteem, so it also activates social and emotional motivation.

Experts also suggest that these types of practices made students feel more pride and allowed them to "display and ...

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Some merits associated with connecting new information to English language learners' own cultural backgrounds are briefly described in 100 words of my notes and a reference link.

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