ERIC Number: ED436969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies and Activities To Stimulate Adequate ESOL Instruction in Content Area Courses and Increase Honest Effort and Motivation among ESOL Students.
McCallum, Myra E.
This document presents an action plan to solve the problem of inadequate English-as-a-Second/Other-Language (ESOL) instruction in high school content area courses and to increase effort and motivation among ESOL students. ESOL students often do not have sufficient command of English to do very well in content-oriented courses (such as history, science, mathematics). The plan of action offered is a bottom-up approach with three primary objectives designed to persuade interested content area teachers to try some new strategies and techniques to better serve ESOL students in their classes. Objective 1 is to create awareness of the problem among content area teachers, parents, relevant staff, and the community. Objective 2 is to provide guidelines consisting of strategies and procedures that will ensure ESOL students have equal access to challenging academic content--emphasizing training of content area teachers to meet the special needs of ESOL students in a mainstream classroom. Objective 3 is to involve parents and the community in the school life. Overall, the plan presented in this study is an effort to provide concrete strategies to help increase teacher awareness of ESOL students and their needs, and to offer many procedures for establishing culturally friendly classes and strategies that should increase the learning and motivation of all students. Extensive references and resources are provided. (Author/KFT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: DeKalb County School System, Decatur, GA.