English Language Learners Challenges

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English language learners face many obstacles in our education system. Each year there are more immigrants coming to the United States in search for a better life. In the past few years there has been an increase in violence and terrorism attacks in our world. As a powerful nation, we feel the need to intake these refugees and their families. Most of the times they have young children who don’t speak a word of English. These students are then thrown into our education system not knowing our language. In a result, the school and teacher get into trouble for having low academic scores. There have been new strategies for English language learners in the classroom; however, it is difficult to meet all the ELL students’ needs. There…show more content…
All over the United States, public schools are opening their doors to more English Language Learners. There are more than 150 different languages spoken in the United States. The English Language Learners come in with very limited English speaking and literacy skills, but then again, they bring in a wealth of culture. The first year in an American school is probably the hardest year for these English Language Learners. The students need to know that their experiences are valued. We all have particular skills and traits that make up who we are. Minority students bring experiences that can enrich the entire classroom. The teacher can build upon these experiences and integrate them into the curriculum. The similarities and differences of students’ cultural background can also be an educational…show more content…
One of the most important aspects a teacher needs to consider, in my opinion, is to have awareness of the English Language Learners and to make sure we are meeting their individual learning needs. We need to know who they are as a person and what we need to do for them, so that they are academically successful. Our job as educators is to make sure our students succeed and go off to college. “Students who are still in the process of acquiring English are entering colleges and universities at an unprecedented rate. The good news is that English learners are being encouraged to purse higher education. The bad news is that few are ready to perform college level work (pg. 188).” All students matter and can make a difference. It’s our job as educators to remind our students of their greatness. We need to be teaching our students strategies for college. Our districts spend so much time and emphasis on teaching to the standardized tests. These tests are so difficult that most of the time native English speakers don’t do well on the test. The objective of this research paper is to identify the factors influencing the challenges English language minority students face in the classroom. This article will be discussing the challenges our ELL students go through on a daily basis and exploring what we can do as a society to help these students. Also, we will be
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