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ERIC Number: EJ857717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Lonely Language Learners
Kilman, Carrie
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n2 p16-20 Oct 2009
When English language learners (ELLs) don't speak in class or make friends outside their language group, teachers often attribute the problem in the student's cultural background. It's possible, however, that the method of teaching ELLs is part of the problem. A growing number of schools are trying to roll back that problem by launching "social inclusion" efforts--programs that allow ELL students to learn as equals alongside English-speaking peers, in ways that value the skills and abilities of everyone. Just as social inclusion helps ELL students learn the culture of their new community, inclusion exposes all students, including native English speakers, to "multiple ways of thinking, solving problems, and living in this world." When so many problems of late seem to be the result of not knowing each other and not listening to one another, the social inclusion of ELL students seems an obvious route to embracing "otherness." This article describes what some schools are doing to make sure their ELL students become part of the school community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece; Nevada; United States; Washington; Wisconsin