Working with English as a Second Language Students

According the the National Centter on Educational Statistics, 20% of students in American public schools come from families that speak a language other than English at home. This population is rapidly growing and teachers need preparation working with students for whom English is a second language.

This section of English 4800 includes an email exchange with college students at the University of Braganca, Brazil. These students have learned English as a second language and are preparing to become teachers of English in secondary schools in Brazil.

The purpose of this exchange is to get to know one or more future English/ESL teachers and learn about common and different backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

In your exchange of email with this future teacher, you are expected to provide feedback/suggestions for their writing in English. In some measure this will be an opportunity to practice working with and supporting second language learners.

Ideally, you will exchange at least three emails with one or more ESL students. Write a 1-2 page report on the email exchange, your strategy and thinking about responding to their writing, and what you have learned from the experience. Propose a grade.

Our class will also include discussion of curriculum addressing classes with large numbers of students of hispanic background (Oct. 2, Principal's hallway virtual school).

Created by: allen.webb@wmich.edu
Revised Date: 9/12