Mayor Menino and English Works to award businesses and labor organizations

November 14, 2008

BOSTON, MA–The City of Boston is looking for businesses and organizations that have made an effort to promote English-language proficiency to the immigrant workforce. In conjunction with the English Works Campaign, the city will be awarding certificates of recognition to local businesses and joint labor-management programs that support English language classes for immigrants full story
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School officials vow to improve bilingual services

November 14, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, PA–Ingrid Ocampo said her autistic son waited a year for services from the Philadelphia School District because she does not speak English and couldn’t understand the district’s forms and policies. Irma Zamora, another public school parent, expressed concern about signing permission slips printed in a language she can’t read. full story
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Catholic board settles ESL teaching contract

November 14, 2008

OAKVILLE, CANADA–The Halton Catholic District School Board has ratified a four-year settlement with its English as a Second Language (ESL)/Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) instructors, who are members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4605. full story
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District 63 officials blame language barrier for inadequate ISAT scores

November 14, 2008

NILES, IL–East Maine School District 63 and three of its schools failed make adequate yearly progress according to the standards of No Child Left Behind and the Illinois Standards Academic Achievement Test, but school officials said their test scores suffered because many of their students were forced to take this year’s test in a foreign language — English. full story
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Conquering the language barrier

November 14, 2008

GLEN BURNIE, MD–Inside Corkran Middle School a small-class of students are raising their hands as high as they can go, straining to answer questions from a calm, collected teacher. The room is arranged in five or six rows, each with four desks facing a screen where English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher Amy Evers is directing the traffic. A few girls in the back corner full story
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Immersion helps students become bilingual

November 14, 2008

CLEARWATER, FL–On tiny desks lie books like “Huevos verdes con jamón,” “Hay Un Molillo En Mi Bolsillo!,” “Un Bolsillo Para Corduroy,” and “Si Le Das Una Galletita a Un Raton.” (Or, “Green Eggs and Ham” and “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” by Dr. Seuss, “A Pocket for Corduroy” by Don Freeman, and “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff.) full story
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‘Our kids are lost’

November 14, 2008

ERIE, PA–Most Erie School District students who do not speak English are placed in traditional classrooms alongside their English-speaking peers for much of the school day. But now the leaders of several local social-service agencies are lobbying the district to change the practice of “mainstreaming,” claiming that it hurts struggling students who still need to full story
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