James Crawford's Advocating for English Learners: Selected Essays (Bilingual PDF

By James Crawford

ISBN-10: 1847690734

ISBN-13: 9781847690739

ISBN-10: 1847690742

ISBN-13: 9781847690746

A set of 18 essays addressing the coverage and politics of training English language beginners. matters contain demographic switch and its academic implications, American responses to language range, public controversies over bilingual schooling, high-stakes trying out and its effect on English language beginners, and the precarious prestige of language rights within the united states.

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Not many. ’ Apparently, it never occurred to most of these likely voters that bilingual education is a means to that end. Should reporters investigate how well bilingual programs are working in this regard? Of course. Should they assume that rapid English acquisition is the only thing that matters for ELLs? Of course not. Yet that’s what tended to happen. There was a more reasonable way to frame the debate over 227 that was largely ignored: Should parents, teachers, and local school boards continue to have the option of bilingual education?

31 33 W:\Clients\MLM\Crawford\ Crawford Proof 3 27 February 2008 17:00:32 Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen Advocating for English Learners 32 Ron Unz claims ‘the current system’ has a ‘95% failure rate,’ based (loosely) on the proportion of English learners who are not ‘redesignated’ as fluent in English each year (English for the Children, 1997). That’s a nonsensical standard. Jaime Escalante, the legendary math teacher who joined Unz’s campaign, admits that his own son needed three years to learn English.

On the contrary, they enable children to ‘catch up to their English-proficient peers,’ says the study’s lead author, David Ramírez of California State University, Long Beach. Research also shows that such results take time. 6 years of special programs, on average, to master English, according to Ramírez’s latest study (1998), released this month. After that point, they equaled or surpassed the academic performance of all other groups, including native English speakers. ’ But what’s remarkable here is not one politician’s descent into demagoguery.

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