Adolescence in the ELL Classroom

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Giving an after school presentation about India with another Indian teacher in Kansas City to a class of ELL and general education student at a Culture Club. Giving an after school presentation about India with another Indian teacher in Kansas City to a class of ELL and general education student at a Culture Club.

My entry into the United States was easy. My father already had a job, so when we landed we stayed with my grand-uncle until we found a house of our own. I started school doing math above grade level, but I was put in English Language Learners (ELL) classes because of my accent. I was one of a handful of ELL students in my elementary school, so my sessions with the teacher were one-on-one.

Years later, I was a high schooler among a sea of other Indian-American high schoolers (I grew up in New Jersey.) There were the normal adolescent issues of self-discovery and identity. It was around that time I started looking much more into my culture, started reading ancient Indian texts…

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