Teach To Understand

Working Effectively with English Language learners (183)

-Bob Peterson & Kelley Dawson Salas

A teacher must teach to learners so they understand, and when faced with English as Second Language learners in the classroom, teaching can become challenging in providing sufficient comprehensive material.  Various teaching methods such as talking clearly, using multiple perspectives, small groups, and visual components can help teachers reach past language barriers to ESL students.  The more a teacher accepts and tries to incorporate culture variation pertaining to the students, the more everyone in the classroom learns.  Teachers should be aware that “when students are pushed to learn English only, and aren’t given the chance to continue learning their home language, they lose the opportunity to be bilingual, a skill that’s increasingly valued in society” (186).  Diversity should be embraced in the classroom.

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