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In Plain English

Posted May 3, 2017 - 1:04pm

By Kaylee White, Ghergish & Co.

For many people in this country, speaking English is like walking—it seems to come to them without effort. But for immigrants of all ages, mastering English means taking on a language that isn’t their native tongue. Young people especially can be affected by the resources available to them in their schools, and about 10 percent of all students are non-native English language learners (ELL). What’s trickier for those trying to learn English is that they don’t share the same language of origin. For example, about three-fourths of all ELL speak Spanish—but that language may differ based on where they are originally from. Luckily, there is more than just one way of teaching ELL students. Different course methodologies work in different ways, with the end goal the same. Some students may choose immersion—they are fully integrated into speaking English, with minimal outside language support. Others may choose a side-by-side method—being able to interact in their native language and learn English. Want to learn more about ELL?