Read Chapter 3 of your textbook, “A Brief Overview of the English Language.” You will learn about the basic components of language, which will help you become a better teacher of ELLs. As Honigsfeld and Cohan (2015) state, “To be an effective teacher of English language learners, it is critical to develop a foundational understanding of how standard American English works so that linguistic challenges ELLs face can be addressed more effectively” (Sec. 3.1). For more support, read Fillmore and Snow’s (2000) article, “What Teachers Need to Know About Language.”
Your instructor will divide the class into five groups and post the assigned groups in Announcements. For this discussion, you will focus on a specific component of language based on the group you are assigned to (see below).
- Group 2: Morphology
For this discussion, complete the following:
- Define the component in your own words.
- Provide a real-world example of the component to show how it might be exhibited in everyday life.
- Identify a challenge an ELL may face in the classroom specific to your assigned language component. Then conduct an internet search to offer at least one strategy or activity to help the ELL overcome this challenge. For example, if you choose a challenge related to semantics, you may want to do a google search on “Learning Activities to Teach Semantics for ELLs.” Provide a link for the learning activity/strategy you found, describe the activity and be sure to explain how the strategy will support the ELL student.