ESL (English as a Second Language) programs have their advantages, and disadvantages. It is important to understand both.
English as a Second Language (ESL) students can benefit from special attention, but if you are teaching them, you should make sure you are providing them with all the tools they need to succeed. This includes linguistic resources, cultural knowledge, and a supportive community.
However, many teachers fear that their ESL students will be left behind. To combat this, some schools are adopting mandatory full inclusion classroom programs, placing ESL students in regular paced English classes, where they can get the help they need.
These full inclusion classrooms offer ESL students a chance to interact with their peers, and get a more comprehensive and constructive feedback from their teachers. However, these programs are not necessarily designed to save a school’s budget. In fact, many experts are debating whether or not these types of programs are necessary to improve student literacy.
As a result of the economic recession, public schools are being forced to restructure their budgets. As a result, many teachers are being laid off or given less responsibilities. They also have to make difficult budgetary decisions, including cutting costs, enlarging class sizes, or laying off entire departments.
There are, however, a number of reasons to consider new and innovative language programs for ESL students. For instance, a good native language education will do a lot more for a student’s overall literacy skills than a poor English medium education.