Issues in ESL
At Issue: ELLs and the Common Core State Standards
to the Common Core
presents a selection of expert advice on how implementation
of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will affect teaching
and discusses what teachers can do ensure their ELLs
success in the Common Core classroom.
Given the emphasis placed on the acquisition of academic
language and advanced vocabulary, the task of educating
English language learners to the CCSS presents new and complex
challenges. Lauren Davis of Eye on Education remarks that,
Students will have to analyze complex texts, use academic
vocabulary, and write logical, research-based arguments.
Many teachers are concerned that English language learners
are going to be left too far behind as a result of these
increased comprehension and language demands. It will be
crucial for teachers to provide extra supports and scaffolding
to help ELLs reach these high levels of learning."
Language Magazine article
Core Recommendations from ELL Experts
Colorado offers perspectives from leading ELL researchers
and educators on ideas for introducing the new standards to
ELLs and for including ELL educators in the planning and implementing
process. The site includes video interviews with Dr. Joanne
Urrutia and Diane August, archived webinars and presentations.
Colorin Colorado site
are Focus in Teacher-Led Project on Common Core
select group of 1st, 4th, and 8th grade teachers in Albuquerque,
N.M., are in the middle of a major project to develop specific
lessons and methods for teaching the new, more-rigorous common
core standards in English/language arts to English-language
learners. These teachers are doing the kind of concrete, nitty
gritty work that I suspect scores of their colleagues across
the country are hungry for as more states and districts move
into the era of putting the common standards into practice
in the classroom.
Justice for ELLs: "The system is preventing this group
of students from moving forward."
Patricia Dickenson writes; "Projections suggest that English
language learners will comprise over 40 percent of elementary
and secondary students by 2030. The fact that too many schools
are struggling to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) because
of "subgroups" of English language learners does not
mean this particular group of students are holding the school
back; rather, I argue it is the system that is preventing this
group of students from moving forward." She continues:
"In my experience, ELL students do not receive the same
education as their English-only peers. That is not to say that
ELL teachers are providing an inequitable learning experience;
on the contrary, there are some amazing ELL teachers who have
proven the achievement gap is all but an illusion. But the reality
is most ELL teachers are predominately new to the profession
and lack training to work with this particular group of students."