The EL students in Ms. Cole’s class are adding more details to complete their writing assignments.The English Learners (ELs) at Acworth Intermediate are held to the same content standards as with all students, but they are also provided with the specific language support needed to increase their proficiency in English. With the large amount of reading and writing required for the students, Ms. Poirot and Ms. Cole work with the grade level teachers to help bridge the gaps with individualized support as push-in teachers in all grade levels. Both ESOL teachers work closely with the content teachers in a collaborative effort to ensure that the same content standards are met and that the appropriate scaffolding is provided to meet the students’ needs.
In fact, Ms. Poirot said with a smile that “the best part of teaching ELs in elementary is the students’ desire to learn, and watching them get excited to use new vocabulary”.
Working with newcomers with limited English can be challenging, but Ms. Cole explained that “the best part of teaching ESOL is when a newcomer feels confident enough to say their first sentence in English!”
Dr. Mae Wlazlinski, Supervisor
Contributing Authors: Camelle Simmons and Arleen Folorunsho