ERIC Number: ED450585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Lessons from Research: What Is the Length of Time It Takes Limited English Proficient Students To Acquire English and Succeed in an All-English Classroom? Issue Brief No. 5.
Garcia, Gilbert N.
This document provides a brief overview of the results of the recent research and data synthesis funded by the U.S. Department of Education on effective educational approaches that promote the acquisition of English language arts and skills and grade-appropriate content for limited-English-proficient (LEP) students. This group, also known as English Language Learners (ELLs), is a prominent part of the broad population of at-risk young children and school-age youth. The purpose of this document is to inform policymakers and educators of the results of key education research that have implications for the following: the design of educational programs and assessments for LEP and other students placed at risk of educational failure; program placement decisions; and setting program participation time frames. This information is especially timely, given the number of state legislatures and local school districts engaged in systematic educational reform efforts--efforts expected to include ELLs at all levels of language proficiency. Two of the many issues related to the education of LEP students are highlighted: the amount of time that LEP students are permitted to receive special support, and the language of instruction. For each study reviewed, all the bibliographic particulars are provided as are key findings and detailed background information about this study. (KFT)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Cultural Education, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Immersion Programs, Immigrants, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Politics of Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Edited by Patricia Anne DiCerbo.