The Educator Training And Preparation Section From The Nea Advocacy Report

711 Words Nov 6th, 2015 3 Pages
ESOL endorsement courses never mentioned how to deal with this!

The Educator Training and Preparation section from the NEA Advocacy Report “All In!” exposed a number of challenges I have experienced as an ELL educator. One of the options in becoming certified to work as an ESOL teacher in Georgia is by passing a test. Really? That’s it? Yes, it is that simple. The problem is, and we as educators are very aware of it, that there is a huge difference between theory and practice. A number of educators are being certified in ESOL through this channel or by taking required courses provided by the school districts; however, they are not fully prepared to properly work with ELs. In order to better serve ELs, teachers should be up to date in the newest trends and practices related to the ever-changing population that the ELs encompass. ELLs desperately need educators who believe in them, who recognize their assets, and who have the support and training they need to do their best by all of their students (NEA, 2015).

I found an article that I consider relates to this topic of educators being unprepared to meet the diverse needs of their ESOL students. The title of the article is Do-It-Yourself ELT Professional Development by Tomiko Breland. Yeah, I know that your thoughts are “Do it yourself? That doesn’t sound very convincing!”, but trust me, for our population of students, it makes sense. In today’s classrooms, the teachers that are ESOL certified are, in general, just…

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