Literacy/ESL

Report Challenges California’s System to Identify English Learner Needs

Study of local plans identifies key improvements to fix the system Californians Together is releasing a new report today entitled Masking the Focus on English Learners which questions the efficacy of California’s accountability system in...
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Millions for Linguistic Research

The Institute of Education Sciences has granted more than $100 million for education research across a wide array of subjects and topics. Over one-fourth of the 57 grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funded...

Investing in Teachers instead of Prisons

Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a stirring speech at the National Press Club that was particularly relevant for minority and English learner students "I agree with Secretary Duncan. Prison is not a solution to inequitable educational...

Effective English Language Teachers

Patricia Hanson shares practical tips for classroom success I recently observed a colleague teaching ratios in a middle school math class with several English learners (ELs). He naturally weaved in a conversation teaching the meaning...
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Toward Biliteracy: Spanish and Californian Trajectories

As Californian demands grow for biliteracy, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives to those of Spain Surprisingly, one of the oldest bilingual-education programs in what is today the U.S. was implemented in California by...

Bilingualism Benefits Low-income Children

In a study published in Psychological Science, the journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Pascale Engel de Abreu of the University of Luxembourg and her colleagues examine the effects of bilingualism on the...

Comparing Child Languages

Clifton Pye suggests a comprehensive approach to crosslinguistic research At the dawn of the modern linguistic era, Noam Chomsky stated that the central problem for linguistic theory “is essentially the problem of constructing a theory of language...

Cutting to the Common Core with Lori Helman

Lori Helman shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs) Language Magazine:  How will implementation of the CCSS affect the teaching of ELLs? Lori Helman: The...
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Stressing Classy Communication

Margo Gottlieb and Gisela Ernst-Slavit know that academic language is important for all students and essential for English language learners In a midsized school, a veteran second-grade teacher is working diligently with her students on...

Empowering English Learners as Assets

Johanna Even and Mawi Asgedom help us empower English learners through an asset-based mindset A refugee from Ethiopia has just joined your first-grade class. During the first two weeks, you learn the following about him: 1) He...