Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity

  1. Researchers define language acquisition into two categories: first-language acquisition and second-language acquisition. First-language acquisition is a universal process regardless of home language. Second-language acquisition assumes knowledge in a first language and encompasses the process an individual goes through as he or she learns the elements of a new language, such as vocabulary, phonological components, grammatical structures, and writing systems. What are the six stages of Second-Language Acquisition and explain each one in your own words?
  2. It is more than likely that your ELL student will be at a variety of stages in the language acquisition process. What can (you) do to differentiate instruction according to language level? What factors affect the rate of language acquisition?
  3. Which tool(s) from this Gottlieb book, Bridges to Educational Equity do you most want to implement with ELLS? Why? How will you adapt the tool(s) to your students’ need?
  4. What are some examples of authentic Assessment? Describe three, and place them in a classroom context.
  5. Gottlieb discusses how listening comprehension is just as important as oral language proficiency for ELLS. What are some of the difficulties that an ELLS may have with listening comprehension in the classroom? Discuss some activities or strategies you can develop to improve language comprehension with ELLS.
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