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A large influx of L2 English Language Learners into foundational (developmental) and college level courses at Goodwin College, a career based institution in East Hartford, Connecticut, has presented certain pedagogical challenges.
A three phase plan was developed to address the needs of English Language Learners. First, the need to set up a support system for English Language Learners began at the foundational (developmental) level with instructor meetings on how best to provide additional background information. For example, the use of “Momma’s Store” by Maya Angelou as a reader’s response exercise needed additional instruction for English Language Learners when it comes to the history of discrimination and the influence of the Klan in the South. Instructors targeted certain essays and writing assignments to use and then provided additional background information primarily through specially designed reading guides for each of the novels used as well as, video, Blackboard, and discussion. Careful review of the curriculum helped alleviate the confusion faced by many students who lack the background information to fully comprehend certain essays.
english language learners, Goodwin College, curriculum planning, English language
Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Methods
Sperger, Diane Ed.D and Kania, John Ed.D., "Building a Support System for English Language Learners at a Career College" (2014). Faculty Presentations. Book 6.