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English Language Learners (ELL) in the Mainstream

Part Two: The Theory of Second Language Acquisition

A Quiz - What do you know about second language acquisition? Test yourself.

Using your own background knowledge and experience, decide if it is a myth or a reality. Respond to the following statements by indicating true or false.

1.

Native language literacy assists students who are learning English.

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F
2.

Younger children learn English more quickly than older children.

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F
3.
It can take up to seven years to attain English language proficiency.
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F
4.

Acquiring the English necessary to succeed academically in all content areas is equally challenging for all second language learners.

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F
5.
The ability to speak English guarantees success in academic settings.
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F
6.

Teachers should focus on learning the English language first and learning content later. Learning grammar first is the best way to teach second language learners.

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F
7.

Second language learners should be placed in an English speaking environment as quickly as possible.

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8.

An English Language Learner cannot participate in other school programs such as Title I, gifted and talented, and special education until he/she has exited from an ESL or bilingual program.

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9.

When new English Language Learners enter the school speaking little or no English, they should be placed with younger students.

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F
10.

ESL/bilingual education and special education have similar instructional philosophies. Therefore, ELLs can be placed in special education programs.

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F

                                      Check your answers.