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Chat Today on Adolescent Literacy: Want to Slip in a Question About ELLs?

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EdWeek will be hosting Michael L. Kamil, a prominent researcher on reading, for a live chat today focusing on adolescent literacy. I'll be the moderator and it will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern time. Find more information here.

Kamil was a member of the National Literacy Panel for Language-Minority Children and Youth, so he has a lot of knowledge about literacy and English-language learners as well as adolescent literacy in general. I'm thinking that some of you who are working with ELLs with interrupted formal schooling, who have little or no literacy in their home languages, might want to toss him a question about ELLs.

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Dr. Kamil:

For those of us who spend time after school and on Saturdays with native literacy programs, how do we make sure that this source of rich heritage and abundance which makes the American experience distinctive, and yet not unique, makes it into the curriculum of our schools? Indeed, with a modicum of foresight, we really should be more concerned about all our learners benefiting from just the motivational aspect of immigrant learners. Illiteracy is on the horizon for all Americans if we get stuck in monolingualism. The whole world is passing us by.

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