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Serving English Language Learners

1. In many classrooms written expression is a common method used to assess subject matter knowledge. For an English Language Learner, written expression is often problematic and alternative methods such as speaking into a tape recorder, speaking to the teacher, or perhaps expressing their information in a pictorial form are examples of effective assessment tools.
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2. To ensure all students have the background knowledge a best practice strategy is to provide the experience for all students and not assume it is part of their repertoire.
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3. Including a student's native language in the classroom will deter the student from acquiring English language.
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4. Having students develop a timeline of their own lives is an example of actively involving students.
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5. All students regardless of language development are more likely to perform well when asked and expected to answer higher-order questions.
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6. Encouraging beginning English language learners to keep a journal in their native language allow the writers to be more comfortable in school and research indicates the students learn English skills faster than those not having native-language opportunities.
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7. Affective issues deal primarily with _________________.
cultural challenges
socio-emotional issues
racial and ethnic tensions
intellectual fairness

8. Consider the following scenario: Mrs. Porter working with a group of second graders and is discussing animals that hibernate. Julio responds: Hibernate bears in winter. Which of the following response would best support Julio's learning?
That's right Julio, bears hibernate. (Teacher accepts the response but does not correct the grammar.)
Julio did you say, bears hibernate in the winter? That's right. (Teacher accepts the response but includes the correct grammar in her response to Julio.)
Julio the correct way to respond is, bears hibernate in the winter not hibernate bears in the winter. (The teacher corrects Julio but does not accept his answer or give him any credit for his response.)
Julio please repeat the sentence correctly three times so you will remember. (The teacher does not correct the grammar but expects Julio to correct it and repeat it three times.)

9. Teachers not fluent in the language of the English Language Learner has few resources to help them incorporate native languages in the classroom.
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10. English Language Learners should be encouraged to speak only in English as the students school success depends on their quickly becoming proficient in English.
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Solution Preview

1. True. ELL students should be opportunities to assess using the above methods.
2. True. Teachers would first need to assess student's prior knowledge.
3. False. Research shows that students learn English more effectively when they do more acdemic work in their native language.
4. True. Anytime students take part in a classroom activity that is relevant to them and their lives they are likely to be more motivated. Making a timeline of events in their lives is a good math and social studies concept also.
5. False. ...

Solution Summary

The following solution contains questions answered about English Language learners.

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