by Julia Benson
According to Shelley Fairbairn and Stephaney Jones-Vo in their book Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners, teachers must know the basics of intercultural communication and the language acquisition process to help students learn content and language simultaneously. In addition to meeting with teachers to discuss ELL students and intercultural communication and language acquisition as it pertains to individual students, following are key considerations for classroom teachers.
Factors relevant to both content achievement and language acquisition for ELLs:
students’ educational histories and where they are in their individual journey of
acquiring English. For many students, they know English very well, but may struggle with academic English. For others, they may need help with learning the grammar of English. And for newcomers to the United States, they may need a crash course in social English before moving onto academic English.
Fairbairn, Shelley and Jones-Vo, Stephany. Differentiating Instruction and Assessment
for English Language Learners. Caslon Publishing, 2010, Philadelphia.
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