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If you are a teacher in a school where ESOL has become marginalised to a small team or individuals, what steps can you take to try and change the situation?

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Started by Janet McQueen 24 Mar 2014 10:10am () Replies (1)

 Dr Alyson Mcgee in her post on Successful Leadership Practices to support the teaching and learning of English language learners highlighted a challenge in schools where ELLs are in the minority.

"This included a business as usual approach and the marginalisation of ESOL.   In a business as usual approach ELLs have to fit into existing school systems – such as assessments and reporting structures. The marginalisation of ESOL seems to occur when those in leadership, teachers and other educators don’t see the area of ESOL as their responsibility and so ESOL becomes marginalised to a small team or individuals." 

If you are a teacher in a school where ESOL has become marginalised to a small team or individuals, what steps can you take to try and change the situation? Or can we afford to give up trying to change the situation? What do you think? What ideas do you have to bring about change? 

I would love to hear from school leaders as well as teachers about what you think. I know from experience how frustrating and lonely this situation can be. 

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