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Examine the Problem

Key Questions & Considerations:

  • Describe the behavior, and its contexts

  • Is the behavior one that is typically associated with language acquisition? 

  • Are others observing the same behaviors (i.e.,other school contexts, bus, home, community, church/mosque, etc.)?

  • When navigating all of the possible causes of the behavior, sometimes it is best to begin with the assumption that the behaviors are due to factors associated with language learning and/or cultural factors 


  • Consult with your EL teacher and other teachers/administrators in the school

  • Talk with bus driver

  • Arrange for an interpreter (if necessary) to get parents’ input

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