New Research Links Bilingualism with Better Attention and Self Control

New Research Links Bilingualism with Better Attention and Self Control Bilingualism has long been considered something of an advantage. Children who are taught to learn multiple languages are often better prepared for their lives ahead, not just for the reason that they can converse with people from diverse backgrounds in other countries, but because bilingualism is often an indication of … Read More

Katherine Del MonteNew Research Links Bilingualism with Better Attention and Self Control

Useful Support Resources for ELL Students in New York

In the state of New York, ELL enrollment was 237,499 students in the state public school system in 2012-2013, making up over 14% of the classroom population. 61% of all ELL students in the state speak Spanish, with Chinese, Arabic, Bengali, and Haitian representing the next four most common spoken languages at 19% combined. The following is a list of … Read More

Katherine Del MonteUseful Support Resources for ELL Students in New York

The Seal of Biliteracy Initiative

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to bilingual students upon high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy Initiative began in California and has now been adopted in 17 states, with more in progress. The national Seal of Biliteracy site states that: “The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district, or county office of … Read More

Katherine Del MonteThe Seal of Biliteracy Initiative

Reading Aloud to English Learners

Reading is a vital function of teaching ELLs, but reading aloud can be an enriching strategy for keeping students engaged in the components of becoming fluent in the language for many classrooms. By reading to students, instructors can stress the importance of vocabulary, reading comprehension, and foster positive progress towards fluency in the language, while making the learning experience fun … Read More

Katherine Del MonteReading Aloud to English Learners

The Importance of School Readiness

Arriving at elementary school ready to learn is invaluable to all young children, as delays in the early years of education can be very difficult to overcome. This is especially true for children who do not hear or speak the language predominantly used at school in their own homes. It is very beneficial if the early building blocks of learning … Read More

Katherine Del MonteThe Importance of School Readiness

Understanding Basic Terms and Definitions for English Learners

Understanding Basic Terms and Definitions for English Learners The following are some terms that you’ve no doubt heard before, but you may be unclear on the definitions that are associated with each of them. This primer should help to better delineate between the most commonly used acronyms and jargon that parents and teachers alike might find confusing. ESL: English as … Read More

Katherine Del MonteUnderstanding Basic Terms and Definitions for English Learners