One veteran ELL teacher shares her vetted and apps, tools, and websites for English language learners, along with her tips for finding the best resources out there.
There's one common thread among the immigrant parents that math teacher Christa Wolak has met with during her five years at Allentown's Newcomer Academy: They care — a lot. The vast majority of students at the special Allentown School District facility, a school dedicated to preparing non-English speaking students for public education, are Latino. And Wolak said the school's staff has learned that engaging the entire family is an essential part of helping each student succeed.
After years of a "test-prep" curriculum and failed attempts at educating English Language Learners (ELLs) with a transitional bilingual education model, the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) has shifted to an Active Learning framework: technology enhanced project-based learning that aims to engage and inspire every student every day.
Research offers convincing evidence that quality bilingual programs benefit English-learning students. One study showed English-learners coming out of bilingual programs in San Francisco outperform those in English-only classrooms. It just takes a little longer.
The Arizona Department of Education, in cooperation with the Arizona State Board of Education, has launched a two-year pilot program of a technology-based language development and literacy intervention program for English language learners in kindergarten through grade 6.
A program to improve American Indian high schools in Montana shows promise, but is it enough? Greater support for K-12 schooling could make it more likely that native kids get into and are prepared for college. But the support can’t stop with college admission, said Eileen Peacock of the American Indian Education Fund.
Normal contracted speech, especially in everyday conversational usage, can speed by like a bullet train. It can leave learners feeling a little dazed as they try to catch the meaning. Teachers in second language classes often speak slowly and distinctly but in the real world, well, it's not going to happen. Or, to say that in normal contracted speech, Well, i'snotgonnahappen. Speakers squeeze sounds together, or drop sounds, or say them so softly and quickly that a listener can barely hear them.