Sunday, October 21, 2012
Possible Difficulties with EL Students
El students are faced with much more difficulties than most students because they have a language barrier between them and the instruction. This language barrier makes it hard for El students to learn the material as they are constantly striving to learn not only the language but the material as well. It may be daunting for the student who then may become discouraged and decides to shut down. Not only does this pose a challange in the classroom but outside of the classroom as well. El students might get labeled as being "dumb" or "stupid" prompting them to be potential targets for bullying. This is a huge problem that they are getting faced with and it needs to be addressed. It's not that they are "dumb" they are just having a hard time in learning the material as they don't have the same tools as non el students. Their vocabulary and literacy skills is finite prompting a harder time in expressing their ideas on paper.