Language Arts Curriculum Adaptations for Second Language Learners: Writing.

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1.Background Introduction- How curriculum is developed.
2.Adapting Grade 2 curriculum for writing skill development 3.General English Language Arts Curriculum Standards
4.Languages Other Than English Curriculum Standards
5.Specific Performance Indicators: Writing
6.Literacy Competencies: Writing
7.Second Language Learning Standards for ESL Elementary
8.Sample Classroom Tasks in ESL by English Proficiency Level 9.Additional Information
Activities
Tools
Rubrics/Assessment Practices
Web Resources
10.Resources
11.Overheads
Tables 1 General English Language Arts Curriculum Standards •Tables 2 Languages Other Than English Curriculum Standards •Tables 3 Specific Performance Indicators: Writing
Tables 4 Literacy Competencies: Writing
Tables 5 Second Language Learning Standards for ESL Elementary •Tables 6 Sample Classroom Tasks in ESL by English Proficiency Level

“I would rather face the challenge of turning lead into gold than face the challenge of teaching in today’s classroom.” -Unknown

Language Arts Curriculum Adaptations for Second Language Learners: Writing.

At some point during their teaching career many educators will face the challenge of teaching a student whose native language is other than English. This educational challenge is not exclusive, and can be encountered on any level of the educational environment for both the public and private school sectors. For those teachers who have never taught students of this nature, the first question that pops into their mind will be “What Do I Do Now?” Because of the current demographic background within today’s classrooms that are already over crowded, under funded, and laced with learning distracters, the feeling of being overwhelmed is only natural. To resolve these issues there are several steps educators can use to create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning for all students. As any professional educator knows the key to quality learning begins with a strong learning plan. This plan begins with adapting the curriculum to satisfy the needs of the learners. Leaders within the field of second language education argue that older students are more capable of learning a second language (Diaz-Rico, & Weed, 2006). This is because by the time they reach their early teens and adulthood they are familiar with the basic concepts of reading, writing, and speaking in their native language. For example if you show a student a ball and tell them the name in the new language the student is already familiar with a ball. However, if the student is younger they may be unfamiliar with the visual aid used to demonstrate the new word in the new language resulting in the student being unable to make this association. This can be a particularly difficult problem for teaching writing skills for second language learners in grades K-3. Now for those who currently teach grades K-3 know that this difficulty is not exclusive to second language learners only and many of the suggestion that will be discussed can be adapted to the general education classroom as well. This presentation will examine the methods necessary for adapting language arts curriculum for second language learners in the subject area of writing skills development. The main points that will be covered are; •General English Language Arts Curriculum Standards

Languages Other Than English Curriculum Standards
Adapting Standards for Accommodating Developmental Writing Skills •Grade 2
Specific Performance Indicators: Writing
Literacy Competencies: Writing
Second Language Learning Standards for ESL Elementary
Sample Classroom Tasks in ESL by English Proficiency Level •Additional Information
Activities
Tools
Rubrics/Assessment Practices
Web Resources

General English Language Arts Curriculum Standards
No matter where you teach each state provides educators with a set of general curriculum standards or...
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