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This help is for someone who is fluent in a second language so, using appropriate SEI terminology in your answers, I need you to answer the following questions.
1. What styles of learning (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc) were you most accustomed to when you first began learning your second language? How do you think knowledge of this information might help a classroom teacher?
2. What kinds of differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, and other strategies did your teachers use to better help you succeed?
3. What technologies were beneficial to you as you learned your second language?
4. Describe an experience when you felt especially successful in learning a new language.
5. Describe an experience when you felt especially frustrated, overwhelmed, ignored, or alone in acquiring a new language.
6. Many teachers of English language learners (ELLs) have the goal of teaching students how to interact with adults and peers in both formal and informal settings. Learning socially and culturally appropriate language in social situations is often referred to as hidden curriculum. In your own experience learning a new language, how did your instructors incorporate hidden curriculum?
7. What role do you think culture (traditions, values, the learner's first language or L1) plays in learning a new language?
8. Tell me about any culture shock you experienced before becoming comfortable with a new language.
9. Did your teachers and school reach out to your family? In what ways? What would have made for a better partnership between your home and school?
10. What advice would you give general classroom teachers about teaching ELLs?

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1. What styles of learning (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, et cetera) were you most accustomed to when you first began learning your second language? How do you think this knowledge of this information might help a classroom teacher? When I first began learning my second language I mainly learned by watching educational television shows, regular television shows, and by watching native speakers speak the language. So in other words, I learned the language multiple ways. Overall, the one which I was most accustomed to was auditory. I don't, however, think this is absolutely the best way to learn. As someone else who is learning to teach and from what I have read and remembered about my own experiences, seeing, saying, reading, writing, and most importantly doing what you have just learn is the best way to learn. I recall that we didn't do all of the above while watching Sesame Street and shows like that, but we did see, hear, say and see the word in action multiple times and they would somehow put this back as a reminder in the show too at least once.

2. What kinds of differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, and other strategies did your teachers use to better help you succeed? Once I started going to school, we did (now remember, this was still pretty new at the time), use scaffolding both verbal and instructional. They also eventually had vocabulary goals each lesson. For grouping, they did heterogeneous and homogenous and I now know that they do give one get one, think pair share, and I know someone who uses the insert method (among others).

3. What technologies were beneficial to you as you learned your second language? I used the television, radio, and I especially liked using the tape recorder to record myself. We also used word walls. Now I know they use computer software and magnifying lenses for a new language. There is also a great program out there called Read 180 by Scholastic too!

4. Describe an experience when you felt especially successful in learning a new language. One time I remember when I was about six almost seven, ...

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ELL teaching and learning facets are clearly exemplified in this solution.

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