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ESL Class research

Post One:
For my research, I looked at Humble ISD. They are located n !oodlands"su#ar land
metro$oltan area o% Houston. I researched Humble ISD &EIS and PEI'S data %rom ()**
throu#h ()*+. &%ter don# my research, I dsco,ered that ther total enrollment %or ()*+ !as
+-,)./ and only *(,/)0 !ere labeled n the economcally dsad,anta#ed $o$ulaton. I kno! that
-0.12 o% the school dstrct met sats%actory $er%ormance on the ST&&3. I !asn4t able to %nd
()*("()*+ n%ormaton on En#lsh Lan#ua#e Learners %rom the dstrct. The demo#ra$hcs I
%ound on ELL students !ere %rom ()**"()*(. In ()**"()*( the dstrct had a total o% *,1/-
51.)26 o% students that are ESL or 7ln#ual learners. The n%ormaton dd not ndcate ho!
many teachers !ere cert%ed to teach a bln#ual class. There !ere a total o% -/2 o% the *,1/-
ELL students that $assed the ST&&3 n ()*(. The to$ lan#ua#es that are s$oken the most n
Humble ISD are En#lsh, and S$ansh. 8o other s$oken lan#ua#e n%ormaton !as lsted.
I !as sur$rsed to see that there !ere not many other lan#ua#es ben# s$oken n Humble ISD.
Humble ISD doesn4t seem to be a d,erse dstrct !th many students comn# %rom the same or
smlar cultural back#rounds. I had some trouble %ndn# out more n%ormaton about ther
$ro#rams o%%ered %or students !ho s$eak En#lsh as a second lan#ua#e. Ths !as ,ery ne! to me
snce I ha,e l,ed n &le% all my l%e and !ent to a d,erse colle#e. From my research, only 1.)2
o% the students on the school system are En#lsh lan#ua#e learners and that !as ,ery alarmn#. I
bele,e a d,erse school system !ll $re$are students %or the real !orld. It4s m$ortant that
students are a!are o% lan#ua#e d,ersty e,en % they aren4t dealn# !th t n ther classroom.
The Humble school system has been h#hly ranked %or the last %e! years. I thnk teachn# ther
students about d,ersty !ould be a #reat dea. Fnally, I !as sur$rsed by ho! !ell the 1.)2 o%
ELL students dd on the ST&&3 !th a school dstrct that may not ha,e more than t!enty
teachers cert%cated to teach ELL. &%ter don# the research I %eel that the teachers o% Humble
ISD should educate students more about d%%erent culture so they are $re$ared %or l%e a%ter h#h
school. I% that ha$$ens they !ll kno! ho! to understand and !ork someone that may not s$eak
En#lsh as ther %rst lan#ua#e. Ths s all the more reason !hy t4s m$ortant that all teachers are
educated on the culture, and learnn# style o% non"nat,e students.
Post T!o:
&%ter don# my research, I %ound out that Cy$ress"Farbanks ISD ddn4t clearly state ho! many
or % they ha,e any $ro#rams that ser,e ELLs. Instead they %ollo! a %,e $ont #oal $lannn#
model. From my e9$erence ths school dstrct s stll de,elo$n# and has chan#ed so much o,er
the last %e! years. The %rst #oal n ther 7ln#ual Educaton Pro#ram s to enable LEP students
to become com$etent n s$eakn#, readn#, !rtn#, and com$rehendn# the En#lsh lan#ua#e.
Ths #oal s a #eneral e9$ectaton o% all ESL and 7ln#ual students and !th the hel$ o% teachers
ths can be ache,ed. The second #oal o% the $ro#ram s to $ro,de the nstructonal su$$ort
needed %or LEP students to master the En#lsh lan#ua#e and to $artc$ate e%%ect,ely n the
#eneral educaton $ro#ram as :uckly as $ossble. They do menton that they !ll ha,e ;hel$n#<
teachers that !ll ha,e a chance to !ork !th the students to #et them to ths #oal. The thrd #oal
stated that t4s m$ortant to $romote acce$tance o% 7ln#ual and ESL nstructon as an nte#ral
$art o% the entre academc $ro#ram. Ther #oal s to make sure each student %eels that they hel$
make the school success%ul. The %ourth #oal stated that all ESL sta%% should set h#h e9$ectatons
%or all lan#ua#e"mnorty students. The last #oal !as %or the sta%% to stll $lace ,alue on the nat,e
lan#ua#e and culture o% all students. &lthou#h the school doesn4t ha,e any set $ro#rams they do
o%%er a%ter school tutorn# and lots o% teacher su$$ort. They ha,e a ,ery stron# ,olunteer base
and t seems to be a #ro!n# ESL de$artment. 8o %amly su$$ort !as $ro,ded. I don4t thnk
they o%%er any $ro#ram %or the %amly as t !as not lsted. In a %e! years I4m sure they !ll ha,e
some knd o% $ro#ram n $lace that !ll hel$ ELLs.
Cy$ress"Farbanks ISD only o%%ers tutorn#, a %,e $ont #oal system and lots o% su$$ort %or ther
ELLs. I !as sur$rsed to see that they ddn4t =ust %ocus on S$ansh ELLs but all d%%erent
lan#ua#es. I thnk Cy$ress"Farbanks ISD should e9$and ther de$artment #oals so that t o%%ers
at least one $ro#ram.
Post Three:
I ha,e al!ays !anted to study S$ansh and %rom mddle to h#h school I #ot the chance. I kno!
% I started learnn# t at an earler a#e t !ould ha,e hel$ed. For s9 years I tred to learn
S$ansh. I could !rte out some o% the !ords but I could barely s$eak a %ull sentence. Then t
started ben# more about the #rade %or me then learnn#. I !as really %rustrated that I #a,e u$.
&%ter readn# ths !eek t hel$ed me understand !hy I %elt the !ay I dd. I no! kno! that t
!asn4t that I couldn4t learn the lan#ua#e but that I !as %ear%ul. I ddn4t !ant to try my best and
%al, so I tred enou#h to $ass the course !th a 7, and I !as sats%ed !th that.
I remember, I !as tau#ht %rom the book. >e !ere tau#ht to memor?ed ,ocabulary, $hrases
throu#h !rtn# t do!n or %lashcards. The teacher tau#ht throu#h beha,orst nstructon. From
the back#round n%ormaton stated n the te9t t !ould ha,e been best to ha,e nteractonst
nstructon. >e also ne,er had %ull conser,atons n S$ansh, so !e all %elt there !as no need %or
us to learn the lan#ua#e. >e all %elt the !ork !as born# and as lon# as I #ot the #rade I !as
%ne.
In colle#e, I !as lucky that I ddn4t need to take S$ansh. I !as a theater ma=or and mass
communcaton mnor@ at that tme I !as e9em$t snce I took t n h#h school. I !as #rate%ul. I
!as sure % I had to take t n colle#e, I !ould not ha,e $assed. I ne,er #a,e mysel% a chance
!hch s sad.
I thnk that I !ould ha,e been success%ul % S$ansh !as tau#ht to me at a youn#er a#e, and not
tau#ht throu#h a te9tbook. I thnk that t4s #reat some school dstrcts ha,e a dual lan#ua#e
$ro#ram.
Post %our:
I %ound the readn# to be n%ormat,e, es$ecally !hen the te9t su##ested !e use #ames or sho!
and tell to hel$ ELLs. &nother act,ty I !ould use to encoura#e con,ersaton !ould to ha,e the
students #et n a crcle durn# the mornn# and share ho! they %eel today. Lettn# students share
about ther mornn# !ll #,e me a chance to see ho! they are don# be%ore the day #ets started. I
can then make sure that I ha,e meet ther needs be%ore lesson so they %eel com%ortable to
$artc$ate later on. I could custom?e ths as tme #oes on and by #rade le,el by askn# them a
:ueston or lettn# them sho! ho! they %eel !th %acal e9$resson. Then I !ould also
ncor$orate !hat !e are learnn# a%ter our mornn# dscusson. I !ould try to connect our
con,ersaton to ne! ,ocabulary and content that !e !ll #o o,er today. 8ot only !ll the
mornn# crcle hel$ $romote con,ersaton, but the students !ll be#n to care about ther
classmates. The Standards that ths act,ty !ould hel$ de,elo$ are the role o% the ln#ustc
en,ronment and con,ersatonal su$$ort n second"lan#ua#e ac:uston@ and use kno!led#e o%
L* and L( ac:uston to select e%%ect,e, a$$ro$rate methods and strate#es %or $romotn#
students4 En#lsh lan#ua#e de,elo$ment.