English Proficient Students
Kathie F. Nunley, EdD
are four main stages a student goes through to acquire a second
language. The first one is a silent period. This is the equivalent
to everyone's first several months of life. The person is dependent
upon listening to other's language in order to build their own.
second stage involves speaking one or two words and short phrases.
Motivation and encouragement are important at this stage.
the third stage includes expanding the person's receptive language.
Now the person can speak with longer phrases.
fourth stage allows the person to participate in conversations
and speak with full sentences.
tips for including LEP students:
for meaning and connections in assessing assignments.
an environment where students feel free to take risks.
written copies of lessons and lecture material.
a variety of textbooks available including ones for person's
with low reading ability.
some assignments that are to be done in a language other than
other, more advanced LEP students, translate assignment sheets.
These can be laminated and kept on file for new students
F. Nunley is an educational psychologist, author, researcher
and speaker living in southern New Hampshire. Developer of the
Layered Curriculum® method of instruction, Dr. Nunley has
authored several books and articles on teaching in mixed-ability
classrooms and other problems facing today's teachers. Full
references and additional teaching and parental tips are available
at: http://Help4Teachers.com Email her:
Kathie (at) brains.org