Oral-Language Skills for English-Learners Focus of Researchers
Scholars say students need chances to speak in class
Educators and researchers who specialize in the education of English-language learners are putting new emphasis on the importance of teaching oral English.
A conference here about teaching oral language and literacy to English-language learners, held Oct. 5-6 by the National Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English-Language Learners, or CREATE , underscored the scholarly interest in the topic.
Aida Walqui, who moved to the United States from Peru to attend college as a young adult, recalled during a presentation how she once felt like a “fake” when speaking in English rather than in her native Spanish. “I sounded more like a 7-year-old, and I was...
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