Accommodating ell students
The Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education defines English language learners (ELL) as: “Individuals who (1) were not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; or (2) come from environments where a language other than English is dominant; or (3) are American Indians and Alaskan Natives and who come from environments where a language other than English has had a significant impact on their level of English proficiency; and who, by reason thereof, have sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, to deny such individuals the opportunity to learn successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction is English or to participate fully in our society.” Today’s science teachers must be prepared to teach students whose first language is not English.In this section we reference ELL strategies and activities that are found throughout this book.Therefore, strategies must be put in place to allow the latter student the same opportunity as the first.
A person like this might be referred to as the GT Coordinator or even a school’s diagnostician.
According to Hall, Strangman, and Meyer (2009), these elements and materials “may include acts, concepts, generalizations or principles, attitude, and skills." Tasks will be aligned with learning goals, typically assessed by state or other standardized testing.