English Language Learners Case Study

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Introduction Students whose home language is other than English are increasing in number. Most of them come into schools with different language backgrounds, cultures, and values. Schools should be prepared when it comes to meeting the needs of English language learners (ELLs) to ensure that they are being provided with the best education possible to be successful. Therefore, districts all around the country have put different programs into place for supporting the large population of ELLs. Unfortunately, these language programs have not always been readily available for ELLs and their families. These students were falling further and further behind their English-speaking peers because they were not being properly assisted in making the transition between their native language and their second language. Below are some major Supreme Court cases that have shaped current legislation regarding the education of English language learners.
Supreme Court Cases Lau v. Nichols. This case was filed in 1974 by students in the San Francisco Unified School District. These students of Chinese descent, whose first language was Mandarin,
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I need to be aware of my students’ current language proficiencies as soon as they arrive into my classroom because that will help guide further instruction. For example, if they displayed a lower score on speaking portion than any of the other (listening, reading, and writing) then we would focus most on oral language vocabulary throughout the year. As an ELD teacher, I need to ensure that my students are increasing their knowledge of the English language in every way possible so that they can be ready to be placed in a mainstream classroom and not be at risk of failure. We do that through measuring their scores on an English proficiency exam they take toward the end of the year called

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