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ERIC Number: EJ1002960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Developing Collaborative Systems for Learning
Cacicio, Sarah
English Journal, v102 n1 p96-97 Sep 2012
Pablo, a Spanish-speaking student from the Dominican Republic, had entered the ESL program. During the first few weeks, he could not understand most instruction in English. He was not able to produce full sentences in English. He proved to have relatively advanced skills in terms of reading and writing in his home language, Spanish, and in turn, he exhibited fairly proficient skills in written English. Rather than follow a standard ESL push-in or pull-out model, the author and her co-teachers took a more proactive approach. They built a new model for instruction, tailored to meet his specific academic needs. Their model started with communication: short conversations in passing, which led to meetings. Brief meetings then led to collaborating on lesson plans, assignments, language objectives, and more appropriate methods of assessment. Allowing Pablo to use both languages in school also gave value to Spanish as an academic language, promoting greater equality in terms of culture and curriculum. Pablo began to show improvements at the same rate as his English-speaking peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Dominican Republic