I teach integrated ELA and ENL. This year, I teach three sections of 9th grade ELA for newcomer/SIFE students and two sections of Asian American Literature, a 12th grade elective.
My students range in English proficiency, grade level, age, and nation of origin.
The majority are recent immigrants from Latin America, China, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and South Asia. They are all hard-working and trying to improve their English so that they can pass the ELA Regents and graduate from high school.
I am a 4th year, dual-licensed ENL and ELA teacher at a large public high school in Brooklyn. I received my Master's in TESOL in 2016 from Teachers College, Columbia University, and I was trained to teach ENL to students at all proficiency and ability levels. I received my second certification in ELA during my first year of teaching, and I have been teaching integrated ENL and ELA classes ever since.
However, I have never taken any classes focused on the teaching of ELA.
Since I am no longer in graduate school, reading ELA curriculum books is the best way for me to learn in this area. The curriculum books I selected are highly recommended among ELA teachers and are at the forefront of ELA pedagogy today. I owe it to my students to learn all that I can about this area so that I can be the best ELA teacher I can be.
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