Spotlight on English-Language Learners

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English-Language Learners


The Education Week Spotlight on English-Language Learners is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Bilingual and dual-language approaches to language development
  • ESSA's mandates regarding English-language learners
  • Test accommodations to ELLs on college-entrance exams
  • Common misconceptions about teaching English-learners

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Questions around which instructional strategies work best for English-learners are far from settled, including how much a bilingual approach to teaching puts such students at an advantage.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week

Advocates are keeping close tabs on states over concerns about resources, staff, and know-how to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act's mandates regarding English-language learners.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts

Starting in fall 2017, English-learner students will be able to request extra time or other accommodations on the college-entrance exam.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week

After nearly two decades of restrictions, educators say it will take time for schools to create new programs and hire bilingual teachers.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week

Teachers must model academic language to ensure that all students, especially long-term English-language learners, are actively participating and producing purposeful language, says Wendi Pillars.
December 16, 2016 – Teacher

Correct misconceptions and put assumptions aside when teaching English-language learners, says Anabel Gonzalez. Teach to the student and recognize individuality in his or her differences.
November 1, 2016 – Teacher


Dual language programs will not only improve academic outcomes for both ELLs and English speakers, but can also help them obtain a competitive advantage in the growing global marketplace.
July 18, 2016 - Vander Ark on Innovation

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