Ell Reflection

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Jim Little
EDUC 608-4
June 5, 2013
Field Experience Reflection Paper When I read the syllabus for this class and saw that we were required to observe an English Language Learner (ELL) classroom I was very anxious, in both a good and bad way. I did not know of any locations that offered an ELL classroom but I also was looking forward to the experience of observing a classroom which was a totally new concept to me. I have never had the opportunity to be in a classroom with ELL students. I only spent two days observing these students but I was able to get an understanding of just how difficult this situation is for both the students as well a the teachers of these students. My observation took place in Dover High School. The ELL students consisted of ten Hispanics. Seven boys and three girls who were all between the ages of 14 and 17. Nine were originally from Guatemala and one from Mexico. Most of their academics took place in a pull out setting. Two of the girls lived with their parents. The rest were transients who were living with a relative. Most were in the legal process of obtaining legal status in the United States. Snow (1992) suggests that learning to read in the students native language is crucial to the success of the student being able to read in a second language
The students were very cordial and enjoyed and enjoyed letting me follow them throughout the school day. I tried to use as much of the Spanish that I learned many years ago when I could. Much of the classroom time the teachers and students communicated with each other in Spanish. The teachers told me they did this because many of the students were still learning basic English and did not understand some of the academic terms that are used in the general education classroom. The students’ day started with a mock interview. They wrote down ten questions that might be included in a…...

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