Literacy/ESL

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Literacy in a digital world Today, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. A global event is taking place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in...

Making Learning Come to Life

Trish Roffey creates makerspaces to embolden and empower English learners and struggling students“Ultimately, the outcome of maker education and educational makerspaces leads to determination, independence, and creative problem solving, and...

“Fortune” -A New Drama Series for English Language Learners

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Two filmmakers from New Zealand have recently completed a new drama for worldwide English Language Learners (ELL’s) that aims to both entertain and teach. The series, titled Fortune, was funded by online crowdsourcing website, Kickstarter, and is estimated to be released this September.The show’s creators, Ben Woollen...

Growing Bilingual Teacher Shortage in California

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A new report released by Californians Together shows that many school districts across the state are currently facing a growing bilingual teacher shortage, and that in the near term, there is a pool of at least 7,000 bilingual teachers who are well positioned to begin to address this shortage, and need to be supported with professional development.As more families...

Senate Considers Reclassification for ELL’s

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The senate is considering updating the criteria for reclassification for English Language Learners (ELL’s) in the state of California with Senate bill 463. When ELL’s are deemed proficient in English, they are moved from being ELL’s to being Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) students. These students move into English...

Drawing on Ideas for Language Learners

Mark Oronzio suggests concept-mapping strategies for language learners For more than 40 years, education researchers have advocated the use of concept mapping as an effective approach to fostering higher-order thinking skills, moving students from mere knowledge acquisition to knowledge utilization and creation (Novak and Cañas, 2008). By specifying and linking...

Mass. House Pushes For Diversity in ELL Teaching

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Last week, the Massachusetts House passed a bill that would eliminate “one size fits all” teaching for English Language Learners ( ELL ). The bill, H. 3736 or “An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids”, was originally filed by Democrat House member, Jeffrey Sánchez, and was reported by the committee on House Ways and Means.The bill...

Mother Language Dictates Reading Strategy

Research Offers Insight to the Way ELLs Learn to Read

New Directions for Technology Use in ELL Instruction

As K–12 districts aim to improve learning for a wide range of students facing unique challenges, education leaders need to be particularly mindful of the English language learning (ELL) student population. Of all the students in public schools in the U.S., an estimated 9.3% were ELLs in the 2013–14 school year. Though ELL students have made strides in reading, leaping 22 points in average fourth-grade reading scores from 2000 to 2015, this group of students is consistently behind their non-ELL peers in this area.

Summer Literacy Resources

Language Magazine explores different methods and resources for students to keep up with their studies over the summer in fun ways. Start With a BookTo ward off the learning loss that many children experience over the summer, Start With a Book (www.startwithabook.org) offers parents, caregivers, summer program staff, and librarians lots of engaging ideas for getting young kids hooked on...