Adapting Law Lessons for ELLs

By Mary Ann Zehr — August 25, 2009 1 min read
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Over at my other blog, Curriculum Matters, I’ve written about how Street Law Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes civics education, has added a new chapter about immigration law to the latest edition of its law textbook for high school students.

The organization supports classes in “practical law” in high schools by providing textbooks and law students who co-teach with teachers.

Street Law is currently seeking funding from foundations to adapt its law textbook for English-language learners, according to Lee Arbetman, the director of U.S. programs for Street Law. He told me that Street Law would like to adapt lessons in practical law usually taught in mainstream elective law classes for English-language learners at the intermediate or advanced level of English proficiency.

The lessons would include a wide range of areas of law, not just immigration. Fairfax County Schools in Virginia has written a letter of support for the project and would like to participate if it is funded, Arbetman said.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.