When English Language Learners (ELL) Students

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When English Language Learners (ELL) students move from country to country many can experience feelings of curiosity and enthusiasm to sadness or ever anger. ELL’s often times come into new experiences not knowing what to expect. They tend to be very timid and shy; in a cultural shock due to the fact that everything is new and unfamiliar to them. I was looking for a first hand experience in which I may be able to feel some of those emotions and place myself in a situation similar to that of what an ELL would experience. I wanted a situation that was outside of my comfort zone; a situation that would be difficult to identify the environment, the language, and the information being presented. A few weeks ago I approached my friend Sean and asked…show more content…
When I entered the synagogue, I experienced nervousness, lack of self-confidence and anxiety. These are some of the same traits an ELL with a high affective filter will encounter. When the filter is high, their success may be inhibited in acquiring that second language. If I would have entered the synagogue with my friend, I would of felt a bit more safe and at ease. For ELL’s to learn properly and utilize their affective filter to the fullest, the environment in which they learn needs to feel safe. For example, an ELL usually comes into a classroom not knowing anyone. As a future teacher I believe it is important for an ELL to learn right away that you are going to be their friend. The classroom must convey a level of comfortableness. Teachers must set this in place. ELL Teachers have to uncover a way to motivate and encourage their students to do their best. If a student is feeling good about himself or herself in an unfamiliar situation this will cause their affective filter to become low which will facilitate risk-taking behavior. This step is very important. A student needs to feel comfortable before taking the next step in the classroom. I think if a student feels a sense of fear, they will be pre occupied with thinking of a way out instead of focusing on the task at hand and will shut down before they even start working towards language achievement. I…show more content…
I told him I did not want to know anything about Purim. I wanted to stay completely in the dark with not knowing what to expect. By staying in the dark my thought process was to get the purest form of being outside of my comfort zone. As I began to evaluate my experience I came to the conclusion that although it was a bold move to try my best to feel like an outsider, I should have familiarized myself with the cultural aspects of Hebrew. One, I should of respected the culture of the Hebrew and know a little about the celebration of Purim before hand. We have to remember that culture has to do with a lot more than the color of our skin and where we were born. When we think culture, most times we think nationality and forgot about sub cultures. What if I had to dress a certain away for Purim? What if in the Hebrew culture certain hand gestures and eye contact are looked at as disrespectful? I should of also of familiarized myself so I would not of panicked as much with trying to figure out what to

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