ELL numbers balloon

December 10, 2008

GRAND FORKS, ND–Amera Issa excitedly raises her hand to answer almost every question her teacher asks. Amazing, considering the 8-year-old second-grader at Century Elementary in Grand Forks is new to the English language. Issa is a Somali English Language Learner full story
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States with Alternative Tests for ELLs

December 10, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE–Staff members of the U.S. Department of Education have provided me with a factual statement about states that have alternative tests for English-language learners for calculating adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act—and full story
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Strong grasp of mother tongue boosts students

December 10, 2008

CALGARY, CANADA–A cacophony of sounds emerges from the St. Mark School library as parents and children create multi-coloured advent wreaths. Intermingling conversations in Spanish, Asirian and Tagalog are encouraged in this specialized preschool for students full story
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What is ELL?

December 10, 2008

GRAND FORKS, ND–The English Language Learner program includes six levels. Level 1 contains students with no English background, and students become more proficient closer to Level 6. Students can be taken out of the program when they reach 4.5, according to state law, but staff full story
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Move to Introduce English in Arabic Nurseries Hailed

December 8, 2008

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–Children at a young age are more linguistically inclined in comparison to the later stages in their life. Parents thus believe that if English is taught in state-run and Arabic nurseries and schools it will make their children more proficient when they full story
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Oregon Suspends Use of Aprenda–a Spanish-Language Test

December 8, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGAUGE–Oregon has become the latest state to stop using an alternative test for English-language learners because federal education officials have questioned its comparability with the state’s regular test. A number of states have already dropped alternative tests for English-language learners for the same reason. full story
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Invigorating basic education

December 8, 2008

MANILLA, PHILIPPINES–Teaching basic education through the language spoken by the child at home is both a policy and a widespread practice among the more developed countries across Asia, such as in Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Japan.  full story
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