The Shawnee Mission School District has teamed up with Kansas State University for a program that helps students learn English in addition to their native language. Darren Dennis, the director of curriculum and assessment for the district, says there’s a growing number of English Language Learner (ELL) students. “There is a substantial population here and.. read more →

During his Wednesday Berklee School of Music class, 24-year-old grad student Kevin Leong helped teach students the song “Jingle Bells” – not how to play the musical notes, but how to sing the English words. The students were guests at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women and the first women’s shelter in the.. read more →

The majority of English-language learners in U.S. K-12 schools were born in the United States, according to an analysis from the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. The institute’s analysis of U.S. Census data found that 82 percent of prekindergarten to 5th grade English-learners and 65 percent of 6th and 12th grade English-learners are U.S.-born. The data included children ages 5.. read more →

The two young Somali sisters sat at a table in the central registration center signing up for what would become their next big challenge in their journey to America – school. They came to enroll in the Buffalo Public Schools at an old building on Ash Street, an Ellis Island of sorts for thousands of immigrants.. read more →

ACT Inc., announced Monday that it will provide, for the first time, accommodations for English-learners who take its college-entrance exam. The options will become available in the fall of 2017. In the past, the Iowa-based testing company has not offered accommodations based solely on a student’s limited English proficiency. The company said in a statement that the.. read more →

Prop 58 now allows non-English languages to be used in public education instruction. English-learners can be taught by teachers who speak their native language to help them become proficient in English. The new law gives local school districts the option of working with parents and communities to create programs that best fit students. Parents can then decide what.. read more →

Current and former English-language-learner high school students are less likely to take advanced classes than their native English-speaking peers, a Regional Education Laboratory Northwest study finds. Based in Washington state, the researchers examined barriers that prevent English-language-learner students from taking more college-preparatory coursework-finding that academic preparation accounts for much of the difference in participation and performance.”English-learner.. read more →

English language learners (ELLs) in Arizona and Nevada – among other states – can face an arduous process transitioning from language support programs to mainstream (English-only) classrooms. In both states, students are required to meet benchmarks on English proficiency exams before they are moved into mainstream academic classrooms. But this is not the end of that journey. Arizona.. read more →

Historically, newcomers to the United States have settled along the Southwest border or in coastal, urban centers of immigration, such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. However, in recent decades, an increasing number of individuals and families are arriving in less-predictable, rural communities in the Southeastern U.S. These population shifts have.. read more →

Pickerington Public Library recently expanded a free, online service that helps non-native speakers learn English. For five years, the library has offered Mango Languages, a free, online language-learning system to its cardholders. Recently, the system was expanded to provide tutorials to Somali-speaking patrons, a customer base library officials say is on the rise. “With a growing.. read more →