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Uncovering the Heterogeneity of the English Learner Population in Our Classrooms

Participants will be introduced to various student populations that fall under the umbrella term of “English Learner”. The conversation will kick off with participants considering the English learners they’ve previously worked with, and then compiling a list of their qualities. After discussing and comparing lists, different types of English learners will be examined, along with the factors that influence their individual needs, including: first language knowledge and use; English knowledge and use; education in the USA and elsewhere, and life experience. Participants will leave with a more thorough understanding of each population’s diversity and how one size clearly doesn’t fit all.

Related Content: 2016 English Learner (EL) Symposium