ESL or Bilingual Education in the Classroom

The United States has always been a welcoming and accommodating country for new immigrants.  For that reason, since the 1800s, our nation’s schools and teachers have strived to provide specialized education for English Learners (ELs).  These specialized programs are ESL (English As A Second Language) and bilingual education.  Since the inception of these programs questions have arisen regarding which program … Read More

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Family Literacy Grants to Consider

School officials and teachers know that a lot of support for educational programs comes from grants, donations, and government funding.  Without this funding, it would be difficult, or even impossible, to provide quality education to students.  There are millions of dollars out there, all for the taking – you just need to know where to look.  Here’s a few family … Read More

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How to Foster Language at Home

How to Foster Language at Home Parents, family, and caregivers play an important role in language development of children. When we teach young children how to use language we need to reinforce what they are already doing and help them feel confident when they attempt to communicate.  For most children, early language acquisition is instinctive. However, the manner in which … Read More

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Family Literacy PD (Professional Development) – Why it’s Essential

Professional Development (PD) is one of the most effective strategies that school districts can utilize to ensure that they have the most qualified teachers possible to provide instruction to their students.  PD is an essential classroom component, which ensures academic success of students. Furthermore, PD is essential for teachers who serve English Language Learners (ELLs), as ELLs face unique challenges … Read More

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A Strong Focus on Words in Spanish and English

Learning and retaining vocabulary is pertinent to reading comprehension and language skills in both English and Spanish.  Bilingual children are exposed to double the amount of words than monolingual children. Therefore, bilingual children are better equipped to understanding texts.  By using a variety of teaching methods to teach words in Spanish and English, it will increase bilingual children’s ability to … Read More

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5 Common Signs of a Struggling Reader

Teachers oftentimes notice that their English Language Learner (ELL) students struggle with reading – especially if there are native English language speakers in the same classroom.  Furthermore, it can be difficult to pinpoint whether or not the ELL student truly has weak reading skills, or if the vocabulary and/or text just hasn’t “clicked” or “registered” for them.  Some ELL students … Read More

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Culturally Relevant Family Engagement

Creating a culturally relevant environment helps to foster parental engagement of English Language Learners (ELLs).  Therefore, cultural relevancy is important because it encourages more parental involvement, which leads to greater academic success.  For schools and classrooms to be culturally responsive, school officials and teachers need to openly learn from and respectfully share with ELL families.  The following federal mandates from … Read More

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Teaching English Learners – What Research Says

English Learners (ELs) make up a large population of the student body of U.S. schools.  EL students in the U.S. hail from over 400 distinct language backgrounds.  Around 76 percent of elementary students born in the U.S. are ELs, while 56 percent of middle and high school ELs were born in the U.S.  However, 80 percent of their parents were … Read More

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Cultural Competency and Family Engagement

Family Engagement is a shared responsibility between schools and other agencies to engage parents in meaningful ways.  Parents learn about their commitment to supporting their children’s development and academic progress in school. Research shows that students with involved parents earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills and show improvement. The first step in reaching out to Hispanic … Read More

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ELLs in Elementary Schools – First to Third Grade Expectations

Reading is a process that involves extracting meaning from printed words.  Young children gain early reading skills by the direct teaching of words and sounds.  It is important for young children to be able to distinguish between varying sounds of oral language.  ELLs in elementary school grades first through third must be able to differentiate between sounds of oral language … Read More

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