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ERIC Number: EJ963523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Learning from New Americans
Preble, Bill; Fitzgerald, Carlton
Educational Leadership, v69 n1 p60-64 Sep 2011
To help aspiring teachers better understand their English language learners, New England College invited a group of recently arrived students into a classroom of preservice teachers to share their insights about how teachers can best support them. The future teachers appreciated the students' suggestions about pairing them with a peer, checking in often to address any frustration they may be feeling, and giving them feedback on their English usage so they can improve their language skills. The new American students also went into every social studies class in their high school to raise awareness about cultural diversity, overcome stereotypes, and build empathy. The school supported the students by inviting them into classroom to share their stories, holding small-group lunches for new American students and their mainstream peers, implementing a peer-mentoring program, and tapping students' expertise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A