In the case of Daniel we can see that he feels untrained and unsure about how to accommodate for the ELL student in his social studies class.
In this section we will look at some strategies for working with ELL students in the mainstream classroom.
Also called developmental bilingual programs, these group language minority students from a single language background in the same classroom with language majority (English-speaking) students. Promoting the success of Latino language minority students: An Exploratory study of six high schools.
Ideally, there is a nearly 50/50 balance between language minority and language majority students.
These programs provide some initial instruction in the students' first language, primarily for the introduction of reading, but also for clarification. Washington, DC: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics.
School and political systems, cultural norms and values about education differ from culture to culture and therefore it is important as a teacher to try to discover these backgrounds as best as possible in order to better understand each learner.
ESL programs can accommodate students from different language backgrounds in the same class, and teachers do not need to be proficient in the home language(s) of their students.
This is generally used in elementary school settings.
What do these statistics mean for classroom teachers?
Given the continuing growth of culturally diverse populations, more school-age children will enter the public school system with unique linguistic and socio-cultural needs.