In addition to this piece we also have Cruz’s (not the presidential candidate) article with a basis on how we can assist ESL learners in the classroom it brings up questions on how to do so successfully. Her piece offers criticism to current teaching strategies and touts a series of three things that need to be done in order for ESL students to succeed. Time, universal design classes and practical practice. Of course I’ve synthesized these but when adding these to Butler it is an interesting emulsion of what can take place. The teaching of style through spoken language which is something that Cruz’s colleague (gives no credit to them in name by the way) comes up with is, in my opinion, a strategy worth implementing. In short this works by basically having students come up with a verbal discussion and then going back over the way it worked in order to borrow the spoken language for a written paper. While at the end of her paper she makes the statement that it is a “lofty goal” for ESL students to learn academic literacy she seems to have at least given some decent necessary guidelines for instructors to follow who struggle in this area.
The last article we read, “Fostering Convention Awareness” has a quote worth mentioning in regards to language usage.
“In other words, a rules-based view of language tends to erode a student’s appreciation of the beauty and power of language—while teaching convention awareness fosters in students both the moves for and enjoyment in investigating language usage.” (Thomas)
When looking at all of these works together and trying to come up with a culminated response with an involving question I would say, “While all of these are great ideas, is there actually a possibility of teaching in such a manner to encompass and help all students all the time?” The obvious answer to this would be “Of course, Universal Design.” This seems easier said than done. How do you implement a UD classroom? What are time limitations and restrictions? Is this beneficial to all students (the article thinks so)? Is this harmful to some students?
We could all end up like the last image if we don't figure this out.