Supporting a learner through English language development requires an intentional focus on the English language, in addition to the content being addressed. It is important for each content area teacher to address the language needs of their students in the classroom. All content area teachers must be knowledgeable in integrated instruction that supports ELLs in both linguistic and academic progress.
Arrange the clinical field experience for this course in a secondary school setting in the content area you will be certified to teach. The classroom must include English language learners in which you can observe and collaborate with a certified teacher. Prior to the clinical field experience, review the requirements of all clinical field experiences for this course. Create a document to share with your mentor teacher detailing these requirements and what is being requested of the mentor. This document should include the scheduling required to complete all assignments.
Allocate at least 5 hours in the field to support this field experience.
Part 1: Interview and Observation
Discuss language instruction of ELLs with your mentor teacher. You may consult other teachers at your field experience site to gather additional information if needed. Include the following in your discussion:
- How do you address language form (vocabulary, grammar, and discourse specific to a particular content area) and language function (the purposes for communication/use of language in academic and social contexts) in your classroom?
- How do you address the relationship between verbal and written expression in your classroom?
- What strategies do you implement to support the various language needs of ELLs?
- How do you provide ELLs with content area instruction that meets grade level expectations, while supporting their English language development?
- At least two additional questions to discuss with the teacher.
Observe at least one secondary classroom with ELLs. Pay special attention to how the teacher includes the forms and functions of language in instruction. Take note of the language supports provided to all students and the targeted/additional supports provided to ELLs.
Use any remaining field experience hours to assist the mentor teacher in providing instruction and support to the class.
Part 2: Plan and Reflect
Following the observation, identify with your mentor teacher a student or group of students with ELL needs you are able to work with in future field experiences. You will be working with the students in two additional field experiences. Discuss the needs of the students and how you can best assist in supporting their language acquisition needs during time in the mentor’s classroom.
Write a 250-500 word reflection summarizing your observations and discussion. Include how you will support the student or group of students in additional field experiences.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.