The English Language Learner (ELL) Module was especially meaningful. I so enjoyed visiting an elementary school and working with a younger age group while applying the content of that course. I gained additional appreciation for diversity in the classroom to build on the unique strengths and abilities of each child. Cultural understanding, awareness and respect for differences improves my instruction to reach every child. I learned and applied strategies that are effective for ELL students at different levels through the field experience. I learned the importance of sheltered instruction for both language acquisition and learning subject matter content. I received practice in providing instructional statements and directions with sensory or graphic support and using real objects and visuals in the lessons. While I have no ELL students in my school, some of the differentiation strategies, such as small group station work that I participated in, can be used at all levels.
Finally, I would like to share that our professor, Dr. Frazier, was very clear in expectations, and the course was thoroughly planned and well presented. The “face-to-face” mid-term online connection via Blackboard was helpful. I also appreciated her concern for students, encouraging words and flexibility through the course, particularly at the “crunch time” at the end in trying to get it all done.