Essay about Traditional Eld Classrooms At Doyle Elementary School

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TRADITIONAL ELD CLASSROOMS AT DOYLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: INTIMIDATING, UNSUFICIENT AND FEEBLE FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Testimony before Doyle Elementary School Board of Directors

by Carolina Rostworowski Stocco, mother, volunteer, teacher, and student

November 12th, 2014

Ms. Taylor and Ms. Wood:

My name is Carolina Rostworowski Stocco. I am a mother of two non-native English speakers who are students of your school: Isabella Rostworowski Stocco, currently attending 4th Grade, and Beatriz Rostworowski Stocco, enrolled in 1st Grade. As a mother, student, English learner and educator, I would like to advocate for the implementation of cooperative learning in the ELD (English Language Development) classrooms at your school.

I want to thank Ms. Palm and Ms. Villanueva, my daughters’ ELD teachers, who invited me to volunteer in their classrooms every week. They gave me the opportunity not only to watch, but also to effectively participate during their lessons and actively cooperate with their English learning processes. I also appreciate that knowing that I am a graduate student of TESOL, Literacy and Culture, they granted me rich experience as a professional by assigning me some responsibilities as a teacher. By practicing some of the theory I have been learning while assisting second language learners during their reading, writing and oral tasks, I was able to perceive that your ELD program draws solely on traditional classroom settings and…

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