ERIC Number: EJ805251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Alone, Confused, and Frustrated: Developing Empathy and Strategies for Working with English Language Learners
Washburn, Gay N.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v81 n6 p247-250 Jul-Aug 2008
In many states, the rapidly increasing number of English language learners (ELLs) presents new challenges for undergraduate education programs. In addition, because areas with the most rapid growth generally have little history of educating the ELL population, there may be a corresponding lack of understanding of and empathy for ELLs. The author describes a language shock class that develops empathy for ELLs among preservice teachers, develops strategies for teaching ELLs, and promotes understanding of second language acquisition. Analysis of preservice teachers' reactions to the shock class helped them brainstorm strategies for working effectively with ELLs.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Study, Second Language Learning, Empathy, English (Second Language), Course Descriptions, Teaching Methods, Cultural Awareness, Preservice Teacher Education
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