113. Is it appropriate for the ESL student to be enrolled in a Spanish class? Could they not help English speaking students with their conversational Spanish? Couldn't this possibly help with student relationships?
Well, of course!!!! HOWEVER, no Spanish-speaking student should be enrolled in Spanish as a Foreign Language class. Those classes are for English-speaking students learning to say "¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?"
ALL students should attend the classes that meet their learning needs, and
Spanish-speaking students are WELL-BEYOND this very beginning level of Spanish.
Spanish-speaking ESL students should be enrolled in very advanced Spanish classes where
they are developing high level literacy skills in Spanish and high level critical thinking
skills through the reading of Spanish literature works. In these very advanced classes,
Spanish-speaking ESL students COULD --THEY SHOULD-- be reading:
Science textbooks in Spanish, and
Social Studies textbooks in Spanish, and
Health textbooks in Spanish and
ALL content areas in Spanish.
This Spanish class should become the place where these students are helped to
(1) understand the content areas through their primary language,
(2) BEFORE the ESL class --where they master the language of the content areas in English-- and
(3) BEFORE the content area classes in English --where they master the concepts of the content
areas after they have understood them through their primary language.
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1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading
Web Site Programs for Teachers: Numbers 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9.
Web Site Programs for Paraprofessionals: Number 3.
Web Site Programs for New Teachers:
Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)
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