Full Immersion vs. Dual Linguistic Classes
• Full Immersion courses encourage the student
to learn the language and culture by
• More urgency
• Uses all learning techniques most efficiently:
students hear, see, write and speak the
natural sounds of the language every day.
• More diversification for students
• Best if you already have some references
• Harder to make friends
• Students can be comfortable learning with others
that are in the same situation without pressure.
• Sometimes classes can enable family members to
come with students
• Less constant translation
• More proper language skills; less slang and more
• Can both teach American students a foreign
language, and can teach foreign students English
• More personal teachings
• Teachers more suited for the students
J. Soller - ESL Teacher
• ―When I worked at the International
Language Institute, the pay could have
been better, but at least they provided
affordable healthcare and other
• Large schools like Kaplan (teachers
formed unions—pictured to the right) are
setting the standard in the industry and
they need to be confronted, exposed and
• ―My mission is to organize and discuss
with other teachers about ways to create
positive change in the ESL industry. If I
can secure the right to sponsor student
visas, my ultimate mission is to one
day open an ESL institute in the United
States. While I would like to earn a good
income, I also want to create a school
where teachers are given fair pay,
healthcare and a paid vacation! It time for
people start speaking out against the
unfairness in the ESL industry.‖
Trang Le – Former ESL Student
• Hard beginning on school
• Liked the teachers, but not
the system of education.
• Didn’t like the environment
• English self-learning
because the lack of
• Improved fast, but help was
• With no idea of the important
test/dates of the school
(CST, CASEEH, etc).
N. Laud - Teacher
• ―When a student doesn’t feel
valued, he won’t do much‖
• ―Every one should be aware
of the E.S.L students at
school, because every year
school receives certain
amount of immigrant
• Teachers should be aware of
the struggles and extra efforts
that ESL students make day
Virginia Ramirez Ex-ESL
E S L
• Always felt I was going to be
• The main problems I had
was adapting to the new
country and making friends.
• I was the kind of girl whose
goal was to get a college
• Never late to class.
• The main struggles of the
ESL students : social,
economic, and family.
Sonia - Student
• Most ESL students haven't taken
any English classes before their
coming at this country.
• ESL students test-scores were low
because they’re not fluent and
prepared to write, speak, and listen
the english language.
• Most ESL students were put in ESL
Math because they can
comprehend the math terms in
• Everyone should be aware of the
ESL students because it is
extremely important understand
their problem, that should be one of
the school’s priorities.
• ESL students have the right to have a
• ESL students should take part in clubs
to get information about how the school
• Teachers do their best to improve/find a
way to teach/help ESL students.
• Maybe use the buddy system *
• Many fail classes because some of
them give up, don’t understand the
language, and many of them have
problems at home.
• Everybody (teachers, students) be
aware of the ESL students because for
them it is a challenge start basically a
• There NEEDS to be alternatives to
J. Sollis - ESL Teacher
• There is many reason of how/why
students succeed and not succeed
learning the language (foreign
education, personality of the student,
• My method to teach is ―same materials,
but different way of teaching‖
• ESL teachers have to get involve with
the student’s needs because many
would need help at specific topics
(grammar, comprehension, talking).
• ―Motivation is everything‖
• Because they got lower scores they
were put in sheltered classes.
• We have to encourage the student to
speak the language, but no obligate
him/her to do it because is their
responsibility and action to do it, they
have to try to improve.