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Module 5 The Role of the Teacher in ELD of ELLs

New teachers are driven by two convictions to advocate for equity: the need for equitable, fair treatment of students and the responsibility to act. Though they are well-intended, new teachers would face risks coming from parents, other teachers, school administrators for various reasons. The risks range from misunderstanding to possible job loss.

ELL families and communities are important resources to tap on for ELL education. However, deficit perspective views ELL families as unable and unwilling to support their children's education. This is harmful in many ways. Also, the traditional parent involvement in schools focus on what parents can do for schools. Minority and immigrant parents' diversity in culture and language is often negelected. The non-traditional parent involvement, on the other hand, provides different approach for ELL parents to get involved school.

In the literacy development for ELL students, there are many useful instruction methods that teacher can use, such as Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Reader Theater, Shared Writing, etc.

There are many effective ways that teachers can use to advocate for ELLs. According to Dr. Wright, teachers can take advantage of the positive aspects of Federal and state policies for ELLs; keep date to show the progress of ELs in learning English and academic content; work to change the policies that are potentially harmful to ELL students; serve on key school, district and state committees.

Teachers play an important part in the English language developmet of ELLs. Module 5 focuses on teachers' role in advocating for ELLs and their instruction on ELLs' literacy development. In addition, parent, family and community involvement in bilingual/multilingual eduation are also discussed in this module.

While there is an increasing number of ELL students in the US, there is a shortage of specialist bilingual or ESL teachers. Under the assumptions that standard curriculum classrooms are optimal learning environment for all students, including ELLs, and the focus on standard curriculum classroom reinforced by educational policies, preparing teachers to work with ELLs should be concern for all teacher preparation programs. ELL students’ specific knowledge should be incorporated into the preparation program, including L2 language and literacy development and ELLs' cultural diversity. Teachers should also be prepared to advocate for ELLs under the CCSS implementation.

New teachers are driven by many reasons to advocate for ELLs. However, there are confrontations and risks that they have to face.

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  • YixuanZhang 6 years ago

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    Xingyun’s glog is interesting and impressive to me! We are in the same module about “The Role of the Teacher in the English Language Development of ELLs”.
    It focuses on the teacher’s role in advocating and their instruction on ELL’s literacy. She reminds me of many useful instructions that teachers can bring to ELL students, while teachers have the responsibility to meet with ELL’s needs when they have difficulties. There are two main points she mentions about the lack of bilingual teachers and the challenges for new teachers. Families and communities should also try to bring support to language learners to give a good study atmosphere. Valuing cultural diversities as well as language diversities of ELLs are also very important in the education of ELLs.

  • luluyue 6 years ago

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    Hi, Xingyun, I think you made a really good point on the part that how many supporting a family can provide for a ELL. Normally, the family will be busy with survive and ignore the communication with their children and this may badly harm not only their relationship but also the ELL's academic development.

  • jmlow 6 years ago

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    Hi, Xingyun very nice job!

  • AddisonSheldon 6 years ago

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    This was another one of my favorite modules, and you did a great job! Good summaries and I enjoyed the images and videos that you included. This topic is so important because educators do need to advocate and assist ELLs. They simply have hurdles to jump over that other students do not have to worry about. As teachers, it is their job to notice the differences and advocate in order to help the students. In summary, you did a good job of summarizing the issues and you even provided effective ways for teachers to advocate!

  • SoYeonKim 6 years ago

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    Great job, Xingyun! Your Golg was very informative. I especially enjoyed watching video clips you attached. This Module included lots of practical information for teaching ELL students, and you organized those information very well. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • KathrynH1 6 years ago

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    What a great way to reinforce the importance of the teacher with our ELL kids. The Venn diagram really emphasizes how we have to work together.

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