English And English Language Learners Essay

1112 Words Dec 6th, 2016 5 Pages
When thinking about English language learners, they are often all put into the same category: low test scores and low achievement. However, this stereotype is simply that, a stereotype. English language learners come from many backgrounds that contribute to their learning of English and in their everyday education. By using this information, educators can better educate students, so the students do not come to despise school and English as a language, because currently the educational system is failing English language learners. As current trends are going, approximately 40% of the school age population will be learning English as a second language by 2030 (Freeman, pg. 31). The education system needs to figure out how to better educate these students, before they come overwhelmed, because it could turn into 40% of students who hate school, because they do not understand English or what is being asked of them. The first thing that the education system can do to better education English language learners, is understand they all come from different backgrounds. Just because a student is not doing well in school, does not mean they are stupid and cannot understand English. Instead, educators should be considering the students backgrounds when developing a plan to educate the student. Typically, English language learners can be put into one of three categories: students with adequate formal schooling, students with limited and interrupted schooling, and long-term…

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