Blanscet Crain Evers Wk 3 Esl – English As A Second Language
ESL – English as a Second Language<br />Purpose, Qualifications, Requirements, and Standards<br />By Chad Blanscet, Ron Crain, and Mark Evers<br />
Program Purpose<br />Support students with primary language other than English<br />Support teachers in all content where potential language barriers exist<br />Promote the development of student proficiency in English<br />
Teacher Qualifications<br />Reading, Writing, and Speaking ability in a language other than English<br />Pass language Proficiency test (BTLPT)<br />Meet all general requirements for state certification in a given area, such as EC-6<br /> Receive a Certification in Bilingual Education from the State of Texas <br />
Instructional requirements<br />Bilingual education program should be a full-time dual language program<br />Basic skill of a students primary language is taught.<br />Intensive study of English skills<br />Allowances should be made for learning experience and cultural back ground<br />
Instructional requirements Cont<br />Elective courses may be taught in a language other than English<br />Teachers in Bilingual classrooms must be trained in dealing with language differences among students<br />
Teacher Standards<br />Teacher understands language concepts and structure of the English language.<br />Knowledge of the foundations of ESL education and factors that contribute to effective learning.<br />Understands the processes of first- and second-language acquisition and uses this knowledge to promote students’ language development in English.<br />Understands ESL teaching methods and uses this knowledge to plan and implement effective, developmentally appropriate ESL instruction.<br />
…Teacher Standards<br />Knowledge of the factors that affect ESL students’ learning of academic content, language, and culture.<br />Understands formal and informal assessment procedures and instruments (language proficiency and academic achievement) used in ESL programs and uses assessment results to plan and adapt instruction.<br />Knows how to serve as an advocate for ESL students and facilitate family and community involvement in their education.<br />
Challenges<br />Students being accepted in a diverse society<br />Students forced to “abandon” their native language and culture<br />Unwelcoming, hostile environment<br />Students become withdrawn<br />Students with learning disabilities<br />
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