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ELLs Are Mentioned in Report on Pre-K Learning

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Teachers can help English-language learners at the pre-K level by using gestures, speaking slowly, repeating information, encouraging peer interactions, and anticipating words that will be hard and providing explanations. This is some of the information contained in two sidebars about English-language learners that appear in a report, "Preschool Curriculum: What's In It for Children and Teachers?," released this week by the Albert Shanker Institute of the American Federation of Teachers.

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I am interested to know if you are aware of a program used in schools (K-5) called Visual Thinking Strategies? The curriculum uses art to teach: Visual literacy, communication and critical thinking. The research that has been done (three longitudinal studies in Boston, Miami and Texas) show that a positive effect is an increase in test scores among ELL students. The evidence is there and it makes a great case for the implementation in schools with a large ELL population.

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