What do you expect from your subs?

Discussion in 'ESL/ELL' started by Topsy, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Topsy

    Topsy Rookie

    Dec 3, 2014
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    Oct 4, 2015

    Hello All,
    I have been an elementary sub for 4 years, but Friday was the first time I ever covered the ELL specialist. I followed all the plans that were left for me, but I was wondering if there are any basic ELL practices that I should be emphasizing, such as correcting pronunciations, engaging in more conversation, etc.

    Any primers I should consider buying?

    Thanks in advance...
  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Oct 6, 2015

    While I am TESL-certified, I'm not an ELL teacher, so take this with a grain of salt.

    There are different approaches to ELL instruction, including individual teacher preferences and whole system programs. You probably won't know exactly which program is in place at the school where you are subbing and which approach the teacher prefers. With that in mind, I wouldn't recommend that you do much beyond what is explicitly stated in the plans.

    For example, correcting pronunciation or writing errors at certain stages of language acquisition or with certain students could cause the student to shut down, causing a lot more harm than good.

    At the same time, I strongly believe that the more chances ELL students have to talk with and listen to native speakers, the better they become. I don't really see the harm in incorporating additional conversation, as long as it fits into the plans left by the teacher.

    If you're interested in learning more about ELL, there are many great resources. I think that Dave's ESL Cafe (online) is a good starting point. I also recommend books on SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol), but that may or may not be the ELL program in place at the schools where you sub, so keep that in mind.

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