Using State Assessment For Teaching English Language Learner: Article Analysis

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John Luster’s article Using state assessments for teaching English language learners focuses on the English Language Learners (ELLs) in higher grades such as middle school and high school. In this article Luster talks about how unprepared teachers are to teach those ELL students. Luster states “most studies of ELLs have found that many teachers are underprepared to design and adapt lessons and assignments to make academic content comprehensible to ELLs. Few teachers are prepared…to teach initial literacy or content area literacy to secondary ELLs. The result [being] schools have continued to create a permanent segregated under-class of students who speak a primary language other than English.” (Luster (2012) pp.2) Luster uses many different …show more content…
In his findings he added that ELLs make up about 42 percent of students in public schools. (Luster, pp. 2) I agree with him in that it is important for teachers to be aware of the different ways they can help their ELL students. Also that teachers need training in ways to “incorporate both language and content objectives into their lessons to promote academic literacy” (Luster pp. 4) Using the different available resources can also help a teacher determine the approach needed for the ELL student’s education. I also agree that many schools mainly do not have the appropriate resources to help their ELL students. This results in ELL students to not receive adequate language instruction by skilled teachers. Luster also states in his article that there must be a focus on learning English and academic content in every subject thoughout the day (luster pp. 5). This I believe helps students familiarize themselves with the language and the instructions in English, thus giving students an idea of understanding of the instructions and practice understanding the instructions in …show more content…
These students have a harder time advancing their language learning skills and many even end up not graduating high school because of the barrier. However, there are ways for teachers to help their students to advance in their education. The different learning models available, the different tests and the many resources available can help a teacher with guidelines and examples of how to help their ELL student. John Luster gave good examples. I agree with his work and explanations because the ELL students do have that barrier that keeps them from advancing as well as English speaking students. Also having different resource for a teacher can encourage a teacher understands how to help their ELL student. John luster in my opinion was able to make his point and used sufficient resources to back up his research and

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