The US population has changed dramatically in the past three decades, as nearly 30 million immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, have settled here seeking a better future for themselves and their children. The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has created the English Language Learner (ELL) Information Center to provide informative fact sheets, maps, and state-level data resources that chronicle the demography and trends of immigrant families and their children. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a number of new requirements for the education of English learners (ELs), including standardized criteria for identifying EL students and inclusion of English proficiency as a measurement of school quality. Resources on the ELL Information Center’s web page can help inform decisions, such as how quickly schools must improve and how states can intervene with struggling districts.
Tell About This is aversatile prewriting or publishing tool that’s easy for young storytellers to use. Dozens of photos sorted into categories, including culture, people, family, and fun, serve as inspiration for prompts.
Vocabulary learning is a pivotal part of any language development program for young learners in both their home language and additional languages. On October 18, 2017, from 10:30a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET), TESOL will host a webinar entitled “Vocabulary Riches for Young Learners.”
Researcher and ELL expert Jim Cummins has identified three keys to success in teaching students who are just learning English:
· Engage students in their literacy by providing access to resources.
· Ensure that all teachers are prepared to scaffold their instruction across the curriculum.
· Affirm and value students’ background, culture, and identity.
Across the nation, many schools are using edtech tools to support their teaching of English language learners through these three tactics. Read Middlebury Interactive’s special report on how technology can help address the needs of English language learners.