ERIC Number: EJ745446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 3
"If I Said Something Wrong, I Was Afraid"
Reeves, Douglas B.
Educational Leadership, v62 n4 p72-74 Dec 2004-Jan 2005
Elementary English language learners at Harrington Elementary in Lynn, Massachusetts--whom Reeves interviewed--share their perspectives on learning English in elementary school, and give advice to teachers working with English language learners. Among the advice students give teachers are: don't worry so much as you teach us, be patient and repeat directions many times, "help us use English for play as well as study," and remember that our parents may not understand English. Reeves shares a story of a child almost misplaced in special education because of language and cultural misunderstandings. He stresses that schools must help English language learners feel safe enough to speak about their concerns.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Interviews, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Listening, Standard Spoken Usage, Student Reaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts