Arizona: Schools seek changes to English learning requirement
haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 13:17:05 UTC 2008
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Schools seek changes to English learning requirement
Two Tucson area school districts say they can do a better job of
teaching English to non-English speakers and they intend to seek
alternatives to a teaching mandate from the state Legislature.
In 2006, the Legislature mandated that students not proficient in
English must be segregated four hours a day to learn English beginning
with the 2008-09 school year.
Administrators in the Sunnyside and Tucson unified school districts
contend the requirement is unfair, too long and will prevent students
from taking other subjects.
Both districts would cut the four hours of immersion to two hours.
Called the 2 plus 2 plan, the other two hours would be spent in
integrated subjects other than English, where students would learn
academic concepts in addition to receiving specialized English
TUSD currently has about 8,000 English Language Learners students,
while Sunnyside has about 4,000.
Harold F. Schiffman
Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138
Email: haroldfs at gmail.com
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