English Language Learners: Acculturation through Language and Values

William L. Wade, ESL, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


Eighth-grade English language learners will improve upon the four domains of the language learning process: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while learning to acculturate their home culture with the larger American culture. They will be able to utilize background knowledge of their own cultural values in order to compare and contrast them to values considered sacred in the United States. This will simultaneously allow them to utilize language skills in their first language as they develop language functions using their second language.