106. I missed your March 2 workshop on ESL in Little Rock, Arkansas, but I do have a couple of questions. I may not have not found the info, but is it one of the goals of ESL to get the student to the point where they can function in an English speaking society?

The main goal of the ESL (English-As-A-Second Language) Program is to help students who have a native or primary language other than English, master the English language AND achieve academically on a par with all other students, including English-speaking students. Thus, eventually, ESL students will function in an English-speaking society.

Sometimes the age and grade level at which an ESL student enters school in the USA may be a very significant factor in how much English an ESL student acquires and develops. For example, non-English-speaking students who enter school in the USA in Kindergarten and attend school here until they graduate from high school have 13 years to master English. However, some non-English-speaking students arrive in the USA by the time they are in 11th grade and may NOT have enough time to master English language skills before leaving school after graduating in the 12th grade. Some may not even graduate!!!!

Thus, while the goal of ESL is mastery of English along with academic achievement, it is assumed that these basic language and academic skills will allow ALL students to function in an English-speaking society.

 


For more in-depth information, classroom demonstrations, and "coaching" of new and/or experienced teachers, Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK offers:

1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading

Web Site Programs for Teachers: Numbers 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9.
Web Site Programs for
Paraprofessionals: Number 3.
Web Site Programs for
New Teachers:
Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)

Write and e-mail any additional questions you may have, and Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will establish with you, your school or district a Technical Assistance Service Contract. Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will answer all your questions promptly and to your satisfaction.

 

For information and credentials please click on the link below or contact directly:

CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant, Program Evaluator

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Certification (12/2006)

3113 Malcolm Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90034-3406

Phone and Fax: (310) 474-5605

E-mail:  csssadek@gte.net