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The silent period of language development

Describe the silent period. How might a teacher respond to a student who is at this level of language development? Provide a specific example.

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The silent period is a varying period of time during which an English Language learner (ELL student) is not willing to speak the second language. Almost all ELL students experience this. This period of time can last anywhere from several days to one year.

ELL students should not be forced to communicate orally in the second language until they are ready. However in an effort fror teachers to help ...

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The following solution describes the silent period of language development, which is a varying period of time during which an English Language Learner is unwilling to speak the second langauge. It also gives suggestions for how a teacher may respond to student who is at this stage including a specific example.

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