English-Language Learners

The latest news about English-language learners, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

The Truth About Bilingualism: It's Only for Some Students

The widespread embrace of foreign-language instruction is raising some uncomfortable questions. Corey Mitchell explains the inclusion problem at the heart of bilingual education. (January 8, 2019)

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Spotlight on English Language Learners

In this Spotlight, assess the impact of federal support for ELLs, what educators can learn from Canada's approach to immigrant students, and how teachers can help ELLs feel comfortable in class.

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05/23 04:57 pm | Itinerant English-Learners Pose Challenges for School Systems | A new study that sought to examine learning conditions across the country for long-term English-learners found that 1 in 5 of the students are highly mobile, and may not have ...

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Quiz Yourself: English-Language Learners
Which teaching practices are most effective for delivering academic content to ELLs, how many English-learners will move out of all language-development courses this year, and in what programs do native Spanish-speaking students have more success learning English?

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How Can Your District Spot—and Support—Diverse Gifted Students?
In this webinar, two experts offer guidance on identifying and serving advanced ELLs and building a stronger gifted program.

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Teaching America's English-Language Learners: A Special Report
This 2017 report explores questions around which instructional strategies work best for ELL students, including whether a bilingual approach to teaching English-learners puts students at an advantage. (Report also available in Spanish.)

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English-Language-Learner Statistics
See where English-language learners live and which home languages they speak.

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Kate Mayer and Jamie Lynch explain why they want to change the way reading is taught in their Pennsylvania school district.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Resources Required for ELLs
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Natalia’s American high school has become a refuge from the rocky home life the 17-year-old is experiencing after reuniting with a mother who left her in El Salvador when she was a baby.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Educators in schools across the United States are working to support migrant students who’ve recently arrived from Central America. But the intensity of their needs can be a strain.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
To pay for rent, food, lawyer’s fees, and still send money home to El Salvador every week, Paty, 18, waits tables in a restaurant while attending high school in Virginia.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Fernando, 12, is grateful he made it to the United States to reunite with his mother after years apart. But his new life in Maryland is difficult and he misses many things about home, including being a top student in school.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
When Eric and Alberto left Honduras with their mother in 2017, they were hopeful for gaining asylum. But their mom was deported and now the boys attend school in a high-crime neighborhood that is making them question if their lives can be better here.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
New research that suggests struggling English-learners could benefit from repeating 3rd grade is drawing strong pushback from scholars.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
The researchers behind a splashy new study join two policy experts to urge great caution before holding back ELLs.
March 1, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
A Call for Systemic Change
February 27, 2019 – Education Week

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