1. Explain the importance of the information and address how to fill in the gaps.
2. Recommend research/actions based on what you know and do not know about the topic.
3. Outline a plan to solve the gap(s) identified.
1. The information is vital to show that ELLs/ESLs are at a major disadvantage in schools. Besides the obvious cultural and linguistic challenges that they face, which hinder their full, equitable, and successful interactions, comprehensions, assessments, and mastery of content level as their native peers in the classroom, they are also at a major disadvantage since many do not have family support that network with the school closely, as many ELL parents and families often exhibit lack of or miscommunication with and from students, teachers, parents, and the school community.
They are also at a disadvantage often socioeconomically, as one study uncovers:
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA), 2007, www.ncela.gwu.edu/expert/fastfaq/4.html.
Brief reflections assess why ESL/ELL students are at a major disadvantage in our schools today. 400 words of personal notes and reference to brainstorm and summarize some problems and potential solutions.