Most teachers in Indiana assigned to teach English as a second language don't hold a certification in the subject, according to an article published in the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind. Under new guidelines in 2006, Indiana requires teachers who teach English as a second language to students in middle or high school to hold a certification in the subject. Elementary school teachers who teach ESL, however, aren't required to have training to work with English-language learners. And many teachers assigned to teach ESL who were hired before 2006 don't have a certification in the subject. The Nov. 23 ...


I hope you've had a chance to read my reports on this blog of what officials from the U.S. Department of Education have been saying about the "supplement-not-supplant" provision of Title III, the section of the No Child Left Behind Act that authorizes funds for English-language-acquisition programs. The provision says that money from Title III can't be used in place of money from local, state, or federal sources that would otherwise be spent on ELLs. Andrew Brownstein of Thompson Publishing Group has recently posted a report on the same topic, "Title III Supplanting Provisions Draw Questions." (Hat tip to ...


The National School Boards Association has mentioned English-language learners in a plan for education that it submitted to President-elect Barack Obama's advisers. In its recommendations for how to "fix" the No Child Left Behind Act, the plan says: "Ensure high-quality, valid and reliable assessments for all students, especially for English-language learners and students with disabilities." English-language learners are also listed as among "those with the greatest needs" in terms of funding priorities for federal and state governments....


The November issue of The Sun focuses on immigration. The stories submitted by readers in the "Readers Write" section have a very strong emotional quality. (Hat tip to ImmigrationProf Blog.)...


Thirty-one Nobel Peace Prize winners have signed a letter calling for governments and "other parties to armed conflict" to respect schools as places of peace and safety for children. The letter (update: click on the link in the press release) calls for world leaders to ensure that children can learn free from intimidation or recruitment into the armed forces. It asks that governments make sure children have access to high-quality schooling regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or language. See the BBC's take here. This letter is relevant to educators of English-language learners in the United States because many immigrant children ...


The National Center for Family Literacy has announced that it will expand its family literacy centers for Hispanic and immigrant families to five new cities. They are: Las Vegas, Las Cruces, N.M.; Long Beach, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Springdale, Ark. The center already operates family literacy centers in 20 cities in partnership with Toyota. Sharon Darling, the founder of the National Center for Family Literacy, which is based in Louisville, Ky., explained to me that through the program parents typically spend several half-days per week at their child's school. The program targets parents of children in kindergarten through 3rd ...


The U.S. Department of State is planning to create an on-line program to help disadvantaged youths outside of the United States learn English, according to a summary of the project posted by TESOL in the News. The program will be free. I hope that ELLs living in the United States will also be able to access it. The U.S. Department of Education just released an online program, USALearns, designed for adult ELLs living inside the United States to learn English. Larry Ferlazzo says his high school ELLs have found it engaging....


...for the next edition of the ESL/ELL/EFL Carnival, which features blog entries about the education of English-language learners. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 28. I'll post the carnival on Dec. 1. Use this submission form or send a link to me at [email protected]


Education Week has published an article, "Advocates of Bilingual Education Eager to Embrace Obama as Ally," in which I report on Barack Obama's endorsement of transitional bilingual education during his campaign and what that might mean for education....


Yvonne S. Freeman and David E. Freeman, who are popular speakers about English-language learners at education conferences, have published a book to help educators recognize "academic language," the language of school, and help ELLs to acquire it. The husband-and-wife writing and speaking team are bilingual education professors at the University of Texas-Brownsville. Their new book, "Academic Language for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers," is written in a way that I find engaging. For example, they publish an essay,"Problems with Minorities," by an English-learner named Dolores and explain why her essay doesn't show a mastery of academic English. Dolores ...


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