Iraqi ELLs in Michigan Recite the Presidential Oath of Office

By Mary Ann Zehr — January 22, 2009 1 min read

For Inauguration Day, a class of ELL students at Pearl Lean Elementary School in Warren, Mich., who are mostly newcomers from Iraq, learned how to sing “Hail to the Chief” and say the words to the U.S. presidential oath of office. See the video from a local news station that features them singing and reciting here.

“I hope they can feel like they are kind of like a community—that they are really part of America now,” says Barbara Gottschalk, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at the school, in the news video.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.