Posted by: bwoof | February 12, 2010

Communicating with ELLs

My school is home to students from many countries and many languages…many!

Today, for example, I was in a classroom with approximately 20 students, none of whom know more than a few simle English phrases, and most of whom share their first language with no others or very few others in the room. They are sometimes called ELLs, or English Language Learners. ESL, English as a Second Language, is often irrelevant since English may be the third or fourth language, not the second.

So, what happens when there are misunderstandings, cultural faux pas and differences, and even conflicts that happen because meaning is lost in translation? That’s the situation I found myself in.

Thankfully, at my school we have awesome ESL teachers


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