Native English Essay

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Writing is potentially one of the toughest concepts for Native English Speaking students to grasp. It takes time and patience to learn the many guidelines and rules while also remembering to apply it to actual essays and other writing assignments. If Native English speaking students find this to be a complex process, just think about how English language learners must feel. Learning a new language can be a difficult and frustrating progression. As a future teacher, I want to be prepared to provide English language learners with a beneficial learning to experience especially when it comes to the writing system. Finding and applying strategies for writing can make the world of a difference for the way a student succeeds, all teachers have to …show more content…
ESL students can only learn so much through writing activities and interacting with Native English speakers, without learning the academic language they will never be able to reach their full potential. Native English speakers receive much of their academic language through reading, the problem with ESL students is that their proficiency level affects their reading abilities. ESL students need explicit instruction in the academic language in order to develop an academic writing style. Activities that help sustain growth in academic language could be allowing your students to compare the informal language with academic language or participating in argumentative writing. Students can participate in argumentative writing by taking a stand on something they believe in, supporting an argument, or even convincing the readers of an idea (Olson, Scarcella, & Matuchniak). Regardless of the steps you take, ESL students need to be aware of academic language. If they never learn the difference, no matter how much they improve their writing skills and structures, their writings will still always consist of informal …show more content…
One of the biggest mistakes a teacher can make is assessing an ESL student with the same method they do with Native English speakers. Teachers need to become aware of their student 's cultural backgrounds and recognize that all English Language Learners come from different literacy backgrounds. ESL classrooms need to establish a supportive environment that allows all learners to be comfortable during their learning experience. Encouraging flexibility so all students can progress at their own pace is a great place to start. Assessing students appropriately are also crucial in an ESL classroom. Assessments should be based upon the learners’ background and their current abilities. Providing assessments that are meaningful to the students will increase their chances of success (Schulz, 2009). Providing feedback to ESL students can be tricky because teachers do not want to cause anxiety or lack of motivation but they also need to provide feedback so that the learner can improve his or her writings. While teachers can and should provide written feedback, students should be allowed time to reflect on the feedback. This process can be done through self-correction or even peer-correction. Once students have reflected on their writing and corrections are

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