I hear this very often, do you need to speak a different language to become an ENL (English as a new language) teacher? The answer is no. Would it help, of course! New York State only requires 12 credits in a foreign language in order to become ENL certified.
As an immigrant myself coming to America in the early 90's, no one spoke to me in Arabic. I was placed in an English school for one goal, to learn English. However my parents and community helped me retain my Arabic language skills.
What is required is an understanding of language acquisition along with a strong literacy background. Most Elementary and Secondary Education programs focus on literacy but lack in the acquisition. We at TELL Consulting help you with the foundational skills required to bridge that gap between acquisition and understanding. When dealing with a newcomer to this country, you are faced with many challenges as an educator, how do we help them understand what they are learning. We can't teach reading without the comprehension!
So many challenges that we don't expect you to face alone, we are experiences teachers with the knowledge and know how to approach these challenges head on and find great success along the way.
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TELL Consulting had the pleasure of presenting to a wonderful group of teachers from the City of Niagara Falls. Prior to the workshop, we gathered information on what the Niagara Falls School District is in need of most when dealing with ENL and ELLs in their community. A workshop was developed that was centered around SIOP and how to bridge the gap between the SIOP strategies and the classroom.
TELL designed an interactive manual that not only provided an introduction to the SIOP strategies but also how those strategies can be applied in the classroom. Resources were included that allowed teachers to immediately use what they have learned with their students. The beautiful part is that very strategy can be applied to not only ELLs but to any student who might be in need of a little more differentiation or support.
TELL Consulting takes great pride in the ultimate customization of each and every workshop. We researched Niagara Falls' top languages and brought to light how the characteristics of those languages interfere with the acquisition of the English language. Understanding cultures is another component that we as a consulting company bring to the table.
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