Published Online: May 12, 2015
Published in Print: May 13, 2015, as ELL Students

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"The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English-Language Learners"

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A new report from the Center for American Progress makes the case that communities looking to improve education for school-aged English-language learners should also offer services to their parents.

The study finds that limited English skills for parents and students "can create a poverty trap for families" and argues that engaging them simultaneously improves the academic and educational well-being of both generations.

It also found that language-learner students are more likely to attend high-poverty schools with a lack of adequate resources, and that the growth of immigrant communities across the United States has led to "uneven and inadequate access to adult English instruction."

Vol. 34, Issue 30, Page 5

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