Week 1 Discussion Question 1
Recently Sheltered English Instruction, also known as Structured English Immersion (SEI), has replaced bilingual education in a few states. Arizona is one of those states. Looking at the SEI model and bilingual education model, compare and contrast these two methods, citing advantages and disadvantages of each. As a future educator, which model would you prefer to see implemented?
Looking at the SEI model and bilingual education model both use strategies to facilitate language development which include using only one language for a given lesson, not focusing on correcting a student’s language but being more concerned with a student’s understanding of the ...view middle of the document...
Additionally, with the use of the bilingual education model there is a shared common goal for the entire school to be bilingual proficient; for example English and another language for all students whereas the SEI model focuses on English proficiency for all students only.
As a future educator, I would have to say that I think the SEI model is a very effective approach and would feel more comfortable with implementing that learning model in my classroom especially since I have only ever observed the SEI model being implemented inside a classroom.
Lau v. Nichols
One landmark case regarding ELLs is the Lau v. Nichols case (1974). According to the law, it is not equal, fair, or developmentally appropriate for teachers to utilize the same instructional strategies for all the children in their classrooms. This case also made it mandatory for school districts to provide instructional and assessment modifications. Modifications help reduce or eliminate the effects of the students’ disability while at the same time not lowering learning expectations. For many students, instructional modifications help the students' gain access to academic content and assessment modifications help teachers evaluate ELL students more accurately. A few modifications teachers can make include:
1. Giving students extra time to complete tests
2. Providing a word-bank for matching or fill-in the blank questions
3. Have students answer fewer number of test question
What are some other instructional modifications or assessment modifications teachers may utilize?