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ELL requirements
Old 10-05-2008, 04:43 PM
 
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I'm not an ELL teacher, but was wondering ...
What are the requirements/laws for ELL teachers? Is it by state or district. We have about 20% ELL population in our school and 1 ELL teacher who sees my students for 1/2 hour a day, some are not seen everyday. I know it is not her fault, but I feel these kids are not getting the education they deserve. There are some who can not do a thing I teach in class. Some of these students do not speak any English. I do not understand how this is acceptable. On days when our ELL teacher is out, there is no substitute. Isn't that odd? What is it like at your school/district.


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ELLS in NY
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ELL regulations differ by state, In NY Beginners and Intermediates (as determined either by the LAB-R or NYSESLAT) must recieved 72 minutes a day and advanced must get 36 minutes. It can be be push in or pull and it must be by a certified ESL teacher.
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Different in each state
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I'm in AZ and we've started a program where ELLs are pulled and exposed to English for 4 hours a day. Very different than what we've done in the past. It's controversial, but they seem to think the students will make huge strides.
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It varies from state to state. When I first moved here to Virginia from California ten years ago I was one of 6 ESL teachers in the district I teach in. Now we have 100 elementary teacher with assistants and I another 50 middle and high teachers with assistants.
When I first started we had kids bussed to our one school, ten schools!
Now, some of those individual schools have 4-5 ESL teachers and assistants.

1/2 hour is certainly not enough time, HOWEVER, language is learned through interacting with others just like babies learn to speak by listening and interacting with their parents or siblings, language is not learned in isolation.

Have high expectations for the children. Initially they may not reapond but with repetition and a smile they will learn.

Check out this website www.everythingesl.com for tips on helping students.
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Thanks for the input and web sight. I am taking it week by week and am happy to have another volunteer who can work with a small group to reinforce the skills in class. I didn't realize it varied by state.


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