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Free WestEd Webinar to Focus on Adolescent ELLs

Instruction of English-language learners at the secondary-school level will be the subject of a free webinar hosted by WestEd, a San Francisco-based research and development organization, next week.

WestEd will host Kate Kinsella, a faculty member at San Francisco State University's Center for Teacher Efficacy, to talk on the webinar about effective English-language development programs for students in grades 6 through 12. The live event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.

In a chapter of a guide to instructing ELLs published last year by the California Department of Education, Kinsella made the case that English-language learners in secondary school need a separate, dedicated class for English-language development in addition to a class to learn the regular English-language-arts standards for their grade level. For a preview of some of the points that Kinsella may make in the upcoming webinar, see my review of the chapter she co-wrote for the California guide.

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