January 2010 Archives

Some of her teachers were encouraging, she said, but others underestimated her potential.

The Mexican government makes a concerted effort to help Mexican immigrants become integrated into the United States.

Education Week has put together a set of articles as part of its Spotlight series that focus on English-language learners in the classroom.

Some educators in Florida have been preparing for the possibility that they could receive a large number of Haitian students who are trying to flee the devastation in their country.

Readers have posted thoughtful critiques to a story on using "response to intervention" with English-language learners.

Colorin Colorado has created a Ning for teachers of English-language learners.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law this week a charter schools bill with many provisions for English-language learners.

Researchers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border met Jan. 15 and 16 for a conference on "The Students We Share."

Quality Counts 2010 finds that 39 states provide resources or guides accompanying their content standards in core academic areas that are geared to special student populations.

Salvadorans living in the United States are the second-largest immigrant group from Latin America.

These days, when many classrooms have English-language learners, content-area teachers need to be aware of how to teach about language, says a thoughtful article published in the Middle School Journal.

Simon Cho is a Korean-born speedskater who lived in this country illegally as a child but is now a U.S. citizen and representing the United States in the upcoming winter Olympics.

Both expensive and free technology is available to help students practice using a new language.

Some California school districts are providing a "seal of biliteracy" on high school diplomas for graduates who show proficiency in two languages.

The Center for Applied Linguistics has published a database that includes descriptions of more than 60 secondary newcomer programs for English-language learners

Experts at a recent forum discussed how to assess ELLs under new tests that will be funded by stimulus money.

William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, has given a speech to international students about how to write well in a second language, which has in turn been published in the American Scholar.

New York state education officials have decided that English-language learners officially fall into the category of students who are "at risk of academic failure," paving the way for a new charter school in New York City to give preference to such students in admissions.

Two of the blog posts selected by the most readers in 2009 here at Learning the Language give information about strategies to use in the classroom with English-language learners.

Materials are available only in English at 16 percent of school libraries in this country, according to respondents to a 2009 survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians.

Ragina D. Shearer, a middle school teacher in Denton, Texas, says that reading aloud to English-learners helps them acquire vocabulary and feel the rhythm of English.

Valeria Silva, a native of Chile, has taken her post as superintendent of St. Paul schools.

The United Federation of Teachers says charter schools in New York City don't enroll as many high-needs students, including English-language learners, as regular public schools in the city.

Guilford Press is expected to soon release a book, Education of English Language Learners: Research to Practice.

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