Educator's Voice IX - English Language Learners: A Mosaic of Languages and Cultures

Educator's Voice

The First Days: Engaging Newcomer ELLs in the Classroom Community

Posted March 28, 2016 by Beth Clark-Gareca, Christine Olsen

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Newcomer ELLs, or children who arrive at school knowing very little English, can face many challenges during their first days of school. In this commentary, the authors describe some of the social and linguistic issues that face newly arrived ELLs, such as culture shock and the silent period. Suggestions for helping newcomers access content, establishing connections to parents, and recognizing the learning resources that newcomers bring to their peers and to their teachers are explored. 


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