Tag: ELL

Literacy as a 21st- Century Survival Skill

Brooke Foged and Jenny Hammock share their insights into fighting generational illiteracy with the engaging power of technology In today’s world, reading is an expected skill. Most of what we need to know to get by in life is written down, so for our current students to have future...

States’ Commitment to English Learners Examined

Two reports have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education which examine the extent to which states' education plans are in step with guidance established by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with regard to English learners (ELs). Advocacy groups UnidosUS and Achieve produced the briefs, entitled "How...

Global California 2030

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today launched Global California 2030, which is a call to action "to vastly expand the teaching and learning of world languages and the number of students proficient in more than one language over the next 12 years."In recognition of their tireless efforts to expand multilingualism in California, Jan Gustafson Corea, CEO of...

Reports of OELA’s Demise Hopefully Exaggerated

Advocacy groups are denouncing a proposed merging of the federal Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) into the Office for Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Education Department officials have said that the restructuring plan would enable the Department of Education to merge English-learner support with services provided to other disadvantaged student groups.Director of the OELA José Viana explained the...

The Eyes Tell All

MIT study shows eye movements reveal linguistic fluency Tracing the eye movements of someone as they read in a second language may be able to create a more accurate assessment of their fluency that many traditional tests, according to researchers the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.At last week’s North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics conference in New Orleans,...

Massive Study Confirms Teens’ Grammar Expertise

After years of research suggesting that the “critical period” to learn ends before the age of 10, an enormous new study of well over half a million learners suggests that children remain very skilled at learning the grammar of a new language much longer than expected—up to the age of 17 or 18. However, the study also found that...

ELL/Spanish Specialist Appointed to Lead White House Hispanic Initiative

Aimee Viana has been appointed to the position of executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (the Initiative).According to a statement, :"Viana will work closely with the Hispanic community and the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She will align the work of the Initiative with the Department's goal of rethinking education...

Advancing English Learner Equity in Math

Report Shows Promising Practices in California and Offers Key Recommendations A new report from The Education Trust—West finds promising practices around the state that are increasing math supports for English learners (ELs) and boosting achievement rates for this group which had remained low. Second in a series exploring English...

A Minority within a Minority

Elizabeth Jenner and Maria Konkel work with Mayan ELLs Educational obstacles faced by immigrant Mayan English language learners (ELLs) in the U.S. are typically compounded by residual effects of inequity originally experienced in their home countries, where indigenous Mayan populations have long...

TESOL Unveils its Six Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

TESOL International Association has released a “set of universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory.” The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners are “targets for teaching excellence” designed to support any English language instruction program. "TESOL embarked on this project because we recognized the need for a practical, guiding set...