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Recommendations to the US Department of Education on addressing the needs of English learners
English Learners Round Table Discussion with Secretary Arne Duncan, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of OELA Libia Gil, members of the White House Education Initiative and highly influential leaders representing National Organizations that supports the success of all students and in particular English learners, met for a 3-hour session with the Secretary and presented several positions and recommendations.
Oregon State University researchers study English language learners: By the numbers
Oregon State University is working with the Oregon Department of Education and WedEd, an education research nonprofit, on a study of the academic performance of current and former English language learners to determine what type of instruction best supports their achievement. The two-year study begins Aug. 1, financed by $400,000 in federal funds and another $29,000 from other sources. Students are classified as English language learners when they start school unable to comprehend English. The students are reclassified once they are deemed proficient.
More and more kids are becoming fluent for life thanks to Imagine Learning Español, an educational software solution that helps young students increase Spanish language and literacy proficiency. To get a better look at the program—and how it's helping early learners build a stronger foundation—click here.
Easy listening exercise for ESL students
By: Douglas Magrath
Students need to bridge the gap between short ESL exercises and real lectures. The trend is now toward authentic texts, radio broadcasts and real lectures for college ESL to promote student learning and interest by stressing communication skills and presenting culture in a natural way. Listening is considered an active skill, and is emphasized in today's proficiency-oriented classrooms. Due to poor listening skills, students may not be ready to follow academic lectures and demonstrations when competing with native speakers.
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The children of the drug wars
The New York Times
Cristian Omar Reyes, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon — "no matter what." In March, his father was robbed and murdered by gangs while working as a security guard protecting a pastry truck. His mother used the life insurance payout to hire a smuggler to take her to Florida. She promised to send for him quickly, but she has not. Three people he knows were murdered this year. Four others were gunned down on a nearby corner in the span of two weeks at the beginning of this year.
English issues mistaken for learning disabilities in Boston schools
Even as the state braces for a wave of unaccompanied immigrant children, school systems, including Boston, are failing in assessing and educating non-English speaking students they already have. More than one in five children of immigrants who are learning English in Boston schools have been placed in special education classes in what advocates say is a costly waste of taxpayer dollars that could also be robbing hundreds of bright students of any chance to go to college and create better lives.
Try, try again? Study says no
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via Science Daily
Neuroscientists find that trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language. When it comes to learning languages, adults and children have different strengths. Adults excel at absorbing the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an uncanny ability to pick up on subtle nuances of language, sometimes speaking a second language like a native speaker within months. Brain structure plays an important role in this "sensitive period" for learning language, which is believed to end around adolescence.
Build academic English skills before arriving at a US college
U.S. News & World Report
It is not a new topic to discuss how to improve language skills before studying abroad in the U.S. Watching English-language TV episodes and movies, chatting with foreign friends and even spending some time in English-speaking countries such as the U.S., U.K. or Australia are all helpful ways for nonnative English speakers to improve their skills. However, when international students actually arrive on campus and sit in a classroom, they might find it still very difficult to communicate with professors and classmates. They might need extra effort to improve academic English. Here are some of the most important reasons to expand your English proficiency before ever setting foot in an American classroom — and ways to do so.
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Prince George's receives grant to help young English language learners
The Washington Post
Prince George's County will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt, school system officials say. Schools chief executive Kevin M. Maxwell and representatives from the Internationals Network for Public Schools and CASA of Maryland announced that they have been awarded a $3 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to open the schools for English language learners.
Delco, Del., students improve English language skills
Delaware County Daily Times
They come from all parts of the world to feel like they belong to at least this small part of the United States. They come from places such as Nigeria, El Savador, Ghana, Guinea, Greece, Guatemala, Liberia, Jordan, China, Vietnam, Turkey, India, Kosovo and Morocco. They come hoping to find at least someone else they can somewhat relate to. But they do all have one common goal: To learn the English language a little bit better.
What researchers learned from kindergarten: 17 states have more than 20 percent Latino enrollment
Fox News Latino
Most of us look at children running around on a kindergarten playground and imagine the future that lies ahead of them. At the Pew Research Center, they do the inverse: they imagine what the future holds for the kindergarten. According to new data analysis from Pew, today's kindergartners provide more than just a glimpse into the future, they provide the key to the changing face of the country. The study finds a significant increase over the past decade in the number of states in which at least 1 in 5 kindergartners are Latino.
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