December 2009 Archives

The What Works Clearinghouse of the U.S. Department of Education has decided it can't judge the effectiveness of Accelerated Reader with English-language learners.


The U.S. Department of Education has given a grant to the National Capital Language Resource Center to document and describe all programs in the United States teaching South Asian languages to school-age children.


The attacks on Asian students in South Philadelphia have brought new attention to the issue of whether immigrant students feel and/or are safe in that city.


A 5th grader is a volunteer translator at an elementary school in Stillwater, Okla. Is that a good thing?


Arizona's long-running federal court case about the education of English-language learners is being considered again in a U.S. district court.


New York education officials have decided that a charter school in New York City can't give preference to English-language learners in admissions.


Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder, conveys the complexity of a refugee's feelings in finding a new life.


Penguin Group has published an "idiot's guide" to how one can refine his or her pronunciation of English.


Kenji Hakuta, an expert on English-language learners at Stanford University, stresses how effective implementation of a program for ELLs is more important that whether it provides bilingual education or English-only instruction.


The Woodburn School District in Woodburn, Ore., plans to use $275,000 in stimulus funds to provide technology for English-language learners and special education students


The What Works Clearinghouse of the U.S. Department asked the question about whether the tutoring intervention Reading Recovery works for English-language learners but didn't reach a conclusion.


Wyoming joins 20 states and the District of Columbia in adopting an English-language-proficiency test created by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment consortium.


An essay in the Manhattan Institute's City Journal concludes that the reduction of bilingual education in California since 1998 has been good for English-learners.


In some respects, U.S.-born Latino youths have a better life than their counterparts born outside the United States. In other respects, they fare worse.


The Oregon Department of Education has cut off federal funds for English-language learners to Portland schools because it deems its programs for such students to be out of compliance with federal law, reports an article in The Oregonian.


In his new book, Bilingual: Life and Reality, Francois Grosjean tries to debunk a number of myths about bilingual people.


Next Tuesday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., Eastern time, the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition is hosting a free Webinar on the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, strategies for working with ELLs.


Some school districts are working hard to get the word out that undocumented students can pay in-state tuition rates in California, even though a case that challenged the provision is under review by the California Supreme Court.


The newsletter of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition spells out 16 "fundamentals" for teachers of ELLs.


The Oregon board of education voted last week to permit some students to get a high school diploma, even if they aren't fluent in English.


Undocumented immigrants who are detained are often transferred to remote immigration jails in Texas or Louisiana, far from lawyers or evidence that might help them to be freed.


A new book published by Jossey-Bass includes information about how to implement Response to Intervention with English-language learners,


An arts organization in New York City presents a show in Spanish and English featuring a Mexican Pinocchio.


Children born to undocumented immigrants in the United States are given citizen status in the United States, but that's not the case in France, I'm reminded by an article on deportations of children in France published this week in New Media.


The National Coalition for Literacy is hosting a forum today to explore how immigration reform by the U.S. Congress could address the needs of adult immigrants to receive training and English lessons.


Several blog readers weigh in on the issue of whether school districts have incentives not to reclassify English-language learners as proficient in the language.


A publisher that describes itself as supporting the "library industry" has created an on-line reference source intended to help English-language learners in middle and high school.


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