As a future educator, I believe it is essential to be equipped to teach all types of students. Specifically in the environment where I envision myself, it is imperative that students have the tools they need to succeed. As it relates to English Language Learners, this involves an effort on my behalf as the teacher to address the varying needs represented in my literature rich classroom and close the gap in ability level.
I believe teaching English Language Learners requires a three fold approach: cross-cultural understanding, effective strategies, and scaffolding.
It is important for me to establish relationships with the students so I can better understand the culture from which they come and therefore some of the differences that might complicate the acquisition communicative competence and of assimilation into the school’s learning environment. I wish to get to know the students, include their families, and create a reciprocal environment where we can all benefit from an exchange of ideas and perspective.
A key part of is integrating effective strategies that enhance the learning of ELLs and their peers. Included in this portfolio is a list of some of the strategies which help to create an inclusive classroom and equip all learners with the tools to succeed. I feel that seamlessly applying and expanding these strategies to fit the needs of ELLs will help to create a supportive classroom centered on learning and improving one’s abilities and mastery of content.
Finally, scaffolding is one specific strategy that I see as crucial for teaching ELLs to have ownership over their learning. As the teacher, I seek a role that works alongside the ELLs, pushing them to improve but providing adequate support that helps them to establish independence as they progress.
My experience as a student, a classroom observer, and working with students of different cultures has made me eager to engage with the students in my classroom and put to work the strategies and theories that will help all learners to excel and build a lifelong love of learning, curiosity, and literature.
Strategies and resources