Oliver Twist was the unluckily one who had been delegated to request more gruel on behalf of the group – and face the wrath of those in charge. Our English as an additional language learners often feel every bit as intimidated and fearful as Oliver in this well-known scene from this Dickensian story.
A secondary teacher did find a way to help these learners talk about their experiences in content classrooms by asking them two questions:
1. What do your content teachers do to help you cope in the content classroom?
2. What could your content teachers do to help you cope in the content classroom?
The results of this survey were published last year in May. I am reposting them here as a review and a goal toward how you will support your ELLs come September – or perhaps during summer classes. Here is the link to the original post and the survey.