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Current Issues in ESL

The Health Toll of Immigration

Becoming 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
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Education for Adult English Learners Falls Woefully Short

The 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.

The 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 linguistic isolation."
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Eight 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.
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