Learning A Native Language

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Around the world people grow up learning a native language, some people grow up learning two. Many people move to a new area where customs, beliefs and language differ from what they’re used to. This can be a harrowing struggle, especially for children still in school. Trying to learn for your education while not knowing the language can be difficult but teachers can help. By analyzing their students and their progress teachers can help these students accomplish what they need to. In Mr. O’Malley’s sixth grade class there is Maria. Maria has started just begun the school year and speaks no English. Aside from knowing her name and age there is not much information on her native language or her background with English. Throughout the first few …show more content…
Mr. O’Malley’s primary concern is with this written words. To help Mikhail with his writing he will be given a vocabulary assignment. He will be given a list of level appropriate words and their definition. His assignment is use those words in a paragraph, using the definition as reference for the context in which he should be using it. This assignment will help him properly use words in his writing and get a better grasp on what these English words mean. The comprehensible input theory is being used for this assignment as well. He is being encouraged to look into the meanings of the words and apply them to his writing. This will give him a better comprehension of these …show more content…
O’Malley should look into getting tutored on how to work best with children who have limited English. By learning new techniques and acquiring strategies on how to best assist these children he will have a greater chance of getting them to where they need to be academically. Looking into the different levels of English competency there are for English learners and the different program options that can be referenced will help give him an idea of how to set something similar up in his classroom. Mr. O’Malley should look into the different programs such as bilingual immersion and structured immersion and figure out what best suits the needs of his students. (Linquanti, 2009,

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