ELL Support and Programs in North Carolina

With an approximate ELL enrollment of 6.2% among grades K-12, North Carolina has 102,311 English Language Learners in the state public school system as of years 2012-2013. 83.6% of ELL students in North Carolina speak Spanish, with Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Hmong rounding out the five most common languages spoken throughout the state. North Carolina is among the member states … Read More

English Learner Resources and Support in Georgia

With an approximate ELL enrollment of 5.5% among grades K-12, Georgia has 94,034 English Language Learners in the state public school system as of years 2012-2013. 78.2% of ELL students in Georgia speak Spanish, followed by Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese representing the most common languages spoken by the families of these students. The following is a list of useful resources … Read More

Promoting an Anti-Bias Curriculum in Elementary Schools

Today’s world reflects many faces. Implementing a curriculum that acknowledges and supports the significant diversities among culture, race, gender, and socioeconomics, just to name a few, in elementary schools fosters a positive development of tolerance from a young age. Children can be perfectly blunt in their assessments and they are able to perceive differences between people who are like them … Read More

California Adopts New Curriculum Framework for English Learners

The California State Department of Education has adopted a new curriculum framework for English Learners in California, where one quarter of its students are English Learners. California is the first state to combine English language arts and English language development into a curriculum. This video, featured in the Common Core Channel, provides an overview of the English Language Arts/English Language … Read More

How Long Does it Take English Language Learners to Acquire English?

How Long Does it Take English Language Learners to Acquire English? When it comes to English language learners (ELL), a common question is how long do they need special services? According to a recent study conducted by Stanford University, in two California districts that are considered the most successful in teaching English to “limited English proficiency” (LEP) students, oral proficiency … Read More

English Learners in the United States – a Breakdown

The Spanish language is the second most spoken language in the United States after English. There are more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than there are speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined. And analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey by the Pew Research Center found that a record 37.6 million people ages … Read More

Building Home Libraries for English Learners

One of the services provided by Lectura Books is to work with schools to build lending or home libraries for English learners. The beauty of creating a lending library for students and their families is that it will help them to have the appropriate resources for reading and vocabulary building together. It also provides schools with an opportunity to communicate … Read More

Summer Reading and Activities with English Learners

Are you looking for books for English Learners to keep kids reading all summer long? Below is a list of bilingual books to help Spanish speaking kids develop their interest in reading and also learn English at the same time. Many bilingual books can be turned into activities for kids to do with their parents, so that their parents also … Read More

Teacher Gives Secret for Unlocking English for ELLs

A teacher of ELLs in Arkansas recently offered his “secret sauce” for unlocking English for ELLs in his school. Justin Minkel is a first-grade teacher at Jones Elementary in northwest Arkansas. It’s a public school and his experience is a case study in how to “unlock” English for ELLs. 85 percent of his students speak English as a second language. … Read More

Research About English Learners

Click here to watch Dr. Echevarria present research about English Learners! At a recent Literacy Leadership symposium, Dr. Jana Echevarria presented on who are our English Learners today and provided research about English Learners. The Latino population leads the country in population growth over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Census reports, and Spanish is the largest second … Read More