[lg policy] The Education Week Spotlight on ELLs in the Classroom

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 22 16:24:20 UTC 2010

The Education Week Spotlight on ELLs in the Classroom is a collection
of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

    * developing oral-language skills for English-learners
    * using data to inform ELL instruction
    * educating long-term English-language learners
    * strategies for math instruction
    * mixing students at varying levels of English proficiency
    * online resources for English-language learners
    * research on improving achievement for English-learners

A great value! You get the eight articles below and a resource guide
in a downloadable PDF.

Oral-Language Skills for English-Learners Focus of Researchers
Scholars say students need chances to speak in class and to find a
"personal voice" in the new language. October 19, 2009 – Education

In Perspective
It's No Secret: Progress Prized In Brownsville
A Texas border district sees teacher training and data-based
instruction as paths to learning gains—and the $1 million Broad award
adds validation. December 1, 2008 – Education Week

Educating Long-Term English-Language Learners
Many schools districts are at a loss on how to best educate long-term
English-language learners. Kate Menken, an assistant professor of
linguistics at the City University of New York, answered questions
about what she’s learned during three years of researching long-term
ELLs in New York City. The study also included an intervention in two
high schools with long-term ELLs that is showing promising results.
September 3, 2009 – Education Week

Math: the Not-So-Universal Language
While math has long been regarded as a universal language because of
its foundation in numbers, the subject poses nearly as many hurdles
for students with limited English as lessons that rely more heavily on
reading, many educators say. July 12, 2005 – Education Week

Instructional Model May Yield Gains for English-Learners
One small N.Y.C. public school for immigrant students has a graduation
rate that outpaces that of many other public schools in the city.
December 4, 2007 – Education Week

ELL 2.0: How to Make the Most of the Web
The Internet, with its audio and video features, offers particular
benefits for English-language learner teachers and students, says
Larry Ferlazzo. September 16, 2009 – Teacher Magazine (Web)

The Winter Wonderland of Diversity
Elementary school teacher Julie Dermody explains how English language
learners have enriched her classroom. December 13, 2006 – Teacher
Magazine (Web)

Improving Achievement for English-Learners
Author Claude Goldenberg writes that the growing number of and the
lack of adequate progress among English-learners is of critical
concern given that some estimates predict that by 2025, one in four
public K-12 students will come from a home where a language other than
English is spoken. July 25, 2006

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 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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