Issues in ESL
Health Toll of Immigration
an American can be bad for your health. A growing body of
mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer
they live in this country, the worse their rates of heart
disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And while their
American-born children may have more money, they tend to live
shorter lives than the parents.
The pattern goes against any notion that moving to America
improves every aspect of life. It also demonstrates that at
least in terms of health, worries about assimilation for the
country's 11 million illegal immigrants are mistaken. In fact,
it is happening all too quickly.
for Adult English Learners Falls Woefully Short
prevailing system for educating adult English-language learners
is falling woefully short in helping students reach proficiency
in the language, a new report asserts. With
just around 40 percent of adults who are enrolled in English-as-a-Second-Language
(ESL) courses demonstrating improvement in their proficiency
each year, the federal and state-funded adult ESL programs
need a major overhaul, argues the Lexington Institute, a conservative
public policy think tank based in Arlington, Va.
report-written by Sean Kennedy and John Walters-cites U.S.
Census data that 23 million adults in the United States lack
"adequate" English proficiency. More than 2 million
of those are American-born. That, they argue, is already,
and will continue to be, a "severe hindrance for both
the economic mobility and assimilation of these immigrants
and some native-born Americans, who are trapped in generational
Current Trends in Teaching and Learning EFL/ESL
TESOL International president
Deena Boraie discusses key trends in teaching ELLs, including
a change in the approach to teaching culture and the changing
view of an English teacher.