Teaching & Learning

ESL and Bilingual Education

 

  • If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
    If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
    — Nelson Mandela
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  • Bilingual education and ESL programs shall be integral parts of the total school program. Such programs shall use instructional approaches designed to meet the special needs of English language learners. The basic curriculum content of the programs shall be based on the essential knowledge and skills required by the state.
     
    The goal of bilingual education programs shall be to enable English language learners to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language and English.
     
    The goal of ESL programs shall be to enable English language learners to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language through the integrated use of second language methods.
     
    Such programs shall emphasize the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science, and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable English language learners to participate equitably in school.
     
    from Commissioner's Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating English Language Learners
     
     
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