General Education Classroom Teachers Are Responsible For Providing The Primary Instruction For English Language Learners

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General education classroom teachers are responsible for providing the primary instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) development in English literacy skills (Thompson, 2004). Supplying ample resources to accommodate ELLs inside and outside of the classroom are essential as the number of ELL students has grown steadily. According to research, “one out of four of all children in the United States are from immigrant families, and in most cases these children speak a language other than English at home” (Samson & Collins, 2012 p. 4). Further research suggests, “students from a non-English speaking home and background account for the fastest growing population of children in the kindergarten through twelfth grade setting (Short & Echevarria, 2004). States such as, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee saw increases in their English language learner population of about 300 percent as these states are not typically associated with non-English speakers (Goldenberg, 2008). It is apparent at some point in career and practice; teachers will encounter English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classroom (Samson & Collins, 2012). Furthermore, many teachers lack fluency in a second language and bilingual classroom help (Thompson, 2004). Even though there is a wealth research that points to a necessity for teachers to have credentials for assisting ELLs, unfortunately, most teachers lack training (Samson & Collins, 2012). Thompson (2004), suggest “language…

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