Early Childhood Education For English Language Learners Essay

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Effective Instruction in Early Childhood Education for English Language Learners Early Childhood Education is the foundation for children’s academic and personality development. Among all the children in the Unites States, there is a growing population of children whose primary language is not English (Tabors, 1998, p.20). This has highlighted the importance of finding effective strategies to teach in the classroom and to assess students’ progress when teaching English Language Learners. It has become the parents and the teachers’ responsibility to create a place for children to effectively and comfortably learn to adapt to a new culture, a new language, and a new classroom environment. So how can parents and educators provide English Language Learners an education that is both effective and welcoming for them? According to Tabors (1998), educators need to comprehend that “[c]hildren from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds may face social isolation and linguistic constraint in the classroom. Particularly in an English-language classroom, the child who does not yet understand or speak English may find it difficult to interact appropriately with children and teachers because of the lack of a mutual language” (p.21). Therefore, not only should the instructors help foster a positive relationship between the peers, the instructors themself should also work on fostering a warm relationship with English language learners to make them feel comfortable and less…

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