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Interview with an ESL Teacher

“Excited to Learn English” by Luke Mackin is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 


“Teachers are so overwhelmed, they see an ELL kid as one more thing, rather than as someone who has something really powerful to contribute to the class.”


Listen now or read the transcript:

 

In Episode 1 of the Cult of Pedagogy Podcast, we meet Kim, a middle school ESL teacher. She talks about the complexities of teaching English-language learners, like the power imbalance that arises when the kids speak English but the parents don’t, why ELL students won’t look their teachers in the eye, and the well-intended mistake so many content area teachers make when working with a diverse population. She describes technology tools that improve language learning, instructional strategies that make a huge difference, and what she would do if she could design standardized testing for ELL students.

Language teachers, policymakers and anyone who serves an ELL population will learn a lot from this one. ♦

 

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Jennifer Gonzalez

Editor-in-Chief at Cult of Pedagogy
Former middle-school language arts teacher and college-level teacher of teachers. NBCT. Mother of 3. All of these experiences have brought me to where I am now: Devoted full-time to helping teachers do their work better.

Jennifer Gonzalez

Former middle-school language arts teacher and college-level teacher of teachers. NBCT. Mother of 3. All of these experiences have brought me to where I am now: Devoted full-time to helping teachers do their work better.

2 Comments

  1. If only our state legislators could understand the issues we as educators face when ELL’s enter our classrooms, state assessments hinder the creative teaching style of the teacher and the learning by the student. Great podcast!!

  2. This is an incredible interview. Thank you to Kim for sharing so much information in such an easitly digestable way! I’m inspired by your clarity of expression in an area where I too, am so passionate. I’m a classroom teacher in Canada. I saw you Jennifer at a Peel District School board Tech conference last August. Your presentation was amazing and I’m so glad I follow you on twitter and facebook! I’m going to share this with colleagues for sure!

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