Consider the following assumptions that are commonly made about English learners. Reflect on what your own assumptions and experiences might be.
Assumptions about English Learners
Assumption #1: ELLs are homogeneous.
Assumption #2: All ELLs are immigrants.
Assumption #3: Parents of ELLs do not speak English.
Assumption #4: ELLs are fluent in their native language.
Assumption #5: English-language proficiency is an indicator of intellect.
Assumption #6: Social English proficiency equates with academic English proficiency.
Assumption #7: Using a native language in school interferes with English-language acquisition.
Assumption #8: English is their second language.
Assumption #9: A classroom buddy is a translator.
Assumption #10: Communication is not possible because of language barriers.
Gonzalez, A. (2016, November 1). 10 Assumptions to Rethink about English-Langauge Learners. Retrieved from https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2016/11/01/10-assumptions-to-rethink-about-english-language-learners.html