Educating English Language Learners Effectively

Educating English Language Learners Effectively

October 7, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Spanish-speaking ELLs are the fastest growing
demographic in US education. Soon we will become a country that is more diverse than
not, and if we don’t actually focus on how we make English language learners an asset, we’re not going to do very well in this country. Our country is becoming culturally and linguistically
diverse, and it’s really, really important to ensure that we actually help prepare our
English language learners in the way that I was prepared when I went to public school
and public high school. One of the things that’s most important is that we have to make sure that
kids feel safe, secure, and that they have the teachers they need, the supports they need to have access to the
American dream. So frankly, we need to do the same for ELLs
as we do for every other child, and ultimately that means having the supports in place so
that an English language learner can not just learn English but the other content that she
needs as thoroughly and as deeply as someone who started as a native English learner.