401-11-M-ELL - SUPPORTING ESL/ELL STUDENTS IN THE...

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S UPPORTING ESL/ELL S TUDENTS IN THE M ATHEMATICS C LASSROOM By: Kelli Segobiano, Kelsey Gacek, and Marissa Walczak
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W HAT IS ELL AND ESL? ELL stands for English language learners meaning that English is not their first language. Often ELL students come in to the classrooms far behind the rest of their peers. In ELL programs, teachers do not have to be certified to know the language. ESL stands for English as a second language. In ESL programs, teachers must be certified to teach the ELL students’ specific language, but other students may be in the classrooms that are fluent in English.
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Q UESTION 1: C URRENTLY , HOW MANY STUDENTS IN THE US SPEAK A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN E NGLISH AT HOME ? A. 1/2 B. 1/5 C. 1/10 D. 1/3
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W HY IT S H OT ? In 2007, one in five students spoke a language other than English at home, and the majority of these students are learning English as a second language in school. In 1972, 22% of all students enrolled in elementary and secondary public schools were of racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. By 2003, racial/ethnic minority students accounted for 41% of total enrollments in U.S. public schools. Educators sometimes misjudge immigrant families’ ability to contribute to their children’s school success, especially those of English learners.
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W HAT ARE THE RELEVANT ISSUES ? 16-20 year old immigrants who seek to attend school are often discouraged from enrolling and referred to adult literacy programs offering far fewer hours of schooling. Enrolling large numbers of adolescent ELL’s can
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course CI 401 taught by Professor Poetzel during the Fall '11 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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