|Day 11 of 31 at Two Writing Teachers!|
Sure, you know that I teach ELLs, and you know some of their stories. You've read about some of their daily struggles, their tragedies, and their home countries. This month, you might have even stopped by our class blog to hear some of their stories in their own words!
Even so, you've never met my students. You don't see them every day, and I've never written about all of them. This introduction is a little bit overdue, I guess, but sometimes it's easiest to forget to explain what's right in front of us each day!
Thus, it's my pleasure to introduce to you: my students this school year. They are high school ELLs who range in age from freshmen to 19- and 20-year old seniors. A few of them were born in the U.S. but speak another language at home, while others just moved here several months ago.
They come from: Bangladesh, Canada (with Somali heritage), China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Estonia, India, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, and the United States (with Mexican heritage)
They speak: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kikongo, Korean, Lingala, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, and Uzbek
All that, and these are just the students in my classes. There are even more countries and languages represented in our school!
We truly are a microcosm of the world, and we learn with each other, from each other, and about each other every day. We work together, we laugh together, and we support each other. Our diversity makes all of us better learners, better teachers, and better people. This is why I love my ELLs!