Article: Emancipating the English Language Learner

May 14th, 2009

“As you cooraptoriliate these words, make sure you flimp the scoglottora in proper schimliturn. You will only understand this column if hickitow glisps in baggaduanation. Use your joomering and begin.

Huh?”

In the April issue of Middle Ground Magazine, Rick Wormeli describes how ELL students feel when faced with a text they don’t understand and how teachers sometimes may make the situation worse by supplying a remedial magazine or book for second language learners.

“We need to be mindful of the emotions at play when asking students to do all this thinking aloud in a language and culture foreign to their own. Students are stressed not only about learning a new academic concept, but also about having to adjust to different cultural expectations in which they may not succeed,” writes Rick.

Read this great article where Rick offers simple strategies and some common sense responses to help ELL students learn and thrive in any classroom.

To find out when Rick’s new book about teaching with metaphors becomes available, click here!

Entry Filed under: Differentiation & ELLs

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