Schools in the United States of America (USA) are facing many challenges, because of the increasing numbers of the English Language Learner (ELL) students. School administrators are trying hard to provide an equal opportunity education to their students. Furthermore, educators are looking forward in providing several methods and technique to help their students to succeed in their academic learning skills. There are many factors that need to focus on and it can be the fundamental when trying to build powerful resolutions, such as parents and community resources, social influences, native language, etc.
ELL Families and Schools
Teaching is a call, where teachers need to have an understanding about each individual student’s cultural background, and to be conscious of how the greatly collision of social influences can be on the students’ success. This can lead to train and educate teachers to become more perceptive learners about students' lives, and it helps teachers understand, identify, and sort information about families in ways that more brightly illuminate the possibilities for effective teaching (University of Arizona, 1995). Through training, teachers can build respectful thoughts, and admire the diverse cultural families, on the other hand, teachers should show authentic interests in learning about their culture, such as their country, language, customs, beliefs, etc... This can guide in building bridges of communication, acceptance and self esteem in our students, and their families.
Bilingualism is one of the factors that teachers need to take into account when working with the ELL student’s, because we plan instruction to build their language skills that will be used in class. Meanwhile, we need to help our students feel comfortable in their new environment, and help them to feel liberated in using their native language in the classroom setting. By allowing the ELL students to use their native and their second language in reading, and writing it will make them move along this new process. Reading and writing experience should be context related and meaningful in order for them to be effective in their learning, even though, they can transfer the literacy skills that they have obtained in their native language towards their second language while they are exposed to more learning experiences.
Many challenges are faced by the ELL students and their families by being in a new environment, such as a new language, school, food, beliefs, life style, etc., where they feel that they need to deviate from their home language and their culture, absolutely not, they need to be conceited, revered, treasured. In this matter, our role as educators is to be prepared to work effectively with families (Katz & Bauch, n.d., p. 189), in providing the effective support, and assistant with the full understanding of the new changes in their new environments. On the other hand, social cultural pressure could be increased if students do not have another...