English-Language Learners

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

Study: Language-Learning Ability Is Strong Until Late Teens

New research suggests that the "critical period" for learning a second language is longer than previously thought. (May 8, 2018)

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Spotlight on English-Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore what research tells us about the effects of early exposure to English, the benefits of bilingualism and biliteracy, and new techniques to help ELLs talk about math.

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01/11 03:35 pm | Do Schools Value the Bilingualism of English-Learners? | What started out as an effort to promote educational equity for English-language learners in California may be morphing into something else as more states pass legislation ...

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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.

Special Collections

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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Teachers say it's a struggle to keep some immigrant students engaged in school while their standing under the Trump administration is so precarious.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
Immigrants in Canada's schools perform on par with native-born students within three years of arriving. What is Canada doing that the United States isn’t?
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
School districts with large Puerto Rican communities are hiring bilingual staff and monitoring student evacuees for signs of trauma.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
When English learners have the opportunity to work in groups and speak their native languages, they feel more comfortable in class, writes Justin Minkel.
February 7, 2018 – Teacher
The state is under intense scrutiny about how it plans to hold schools accountable for historically disadvantaged groups of students under the new federal law.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
Florida and other states say "English-only" laws prevent them from providing state tests to English-learners in their native language even though ESSA urges them to do so.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Seeing peers with similar backgrounds succeed helps ELLs stay connected and motivated, educators and researchers say.
October 18, 2017 – Education Week
Three long-standing presidential commissions designed to expand educational opportunities for non-white students are set to expire Saturday and members say months of silence from the Trump administration has them worried they’re about to be dissolved.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Some states that turned in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans earlier this year didn't make many changes after getting feedback from the federal officials.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
With the Trump administration's order to rescind Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, students and educators directly affected say they will mount a fight to win permanent legal status.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week

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