“A new study has found that what language you speak might alter your perception of time”. This is a perfect example of how a bilingual student is different from his or her peers. The manner in which a bilingual mind thinks and processes information, requires teachers to know how to adjust their lesson plans. "Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way". Understanding how the bilingual mind works is the first step in understanding how to teach an English language learner. This video help depict a specific difference in the thought processes of EL's and non EL's and how this may affect basic comprehension. Not only does it point out the difference between the two groups but, it also make a comparison between English learners with different first languages.
Teachers must learn how to eliminate the feeling of isolation within the classroom. The best way to do so is by accommodating seating arrangements and knowing what not to do. This video explains how to incorporate ELL's coming in from other countries, in a bilingual classroom. Preferential seating is key to keeping English language learners from getting lost or frustrated. Pointing out the wrong allows you to avoid those mistakes. It is essential that teachers take these measures and don't ignore these students. Taking the proper steps to make your classroom a less intimidating place for an ESL student is necessary so that they feel ease when learning material as well as more comfortable with their surroundings.
This video provides an outline for supporting ESL, ELL, LEP, and Bilingual students through their time in a classroom and in school. Educating English language learners requires patience and understanding. Educators must take the time to implement practices that welcome ELL's to the classroom. One of the biggest struggles these students face is feeling like they belong among their fellow peers. It is an educators duty to accommodate to the needs of these children and make their classrooms a safe and comfortable environment. One way to do so is by using the buddy system or assigning a student to shadow EL in order to make them feel apart of the school community. Implementing specific teaching methods such as writing in script and modifying assignments will help ELL's thrive.