Teaching English As A Second Language Essay

1318 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Teachers from Kindergarten up to twelve grades are in constantly workshops and training of math, language and arts, science, social studies, and other content areas. This is with the purpose of helping students to become better learners. However, many students who came from a different country do not take any benefit from it. Teachers these days can be very talented in their areas of concentration, but they certainly are not trained to help English as a Second Language (ESL) students. With the increasing amount of immigrants coming to the U.S, schools and teachers need to acquire a new responsibility, which is providing English input for English Language Learners (ELLs). By English input I refer to all grammar problems that foreign students encounter and how to address them.

Students who are native speakers of English, already know how to speak fluently. They without doubting know how to make use of some verb tenses, phrasal verbs, nouns, prepositions, etc. However, for ESL students is different. They must adapt to English language soon without any previous exposure to English. That is why for ESL students a common question to ask would be "Why do you say in 1988, not on 1988?" The common answer for a native speaker of the language would be "It does not sound right" or "We do not say that in English." These explanations do not demonstrate a good answer or a good practice of teaching.

The lack of ESL grammar knowledge, have negative consequences for students. When…

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