ERIC Number: ED497892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Reference Count: 0
English Language Learners. Where We Stand. Item Number 39-0247
American Federation of Teachers
This document contains resolution text adopted by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in July 2006 regarding English language learners (ELLs). A Question & Answer section follows the resolution, addressing the following issues: (1) How the AFT is helping educators who work with ELLs; (2) Latest research on effective literacy practices for ELLs; (3) Latest research on tools to facilitate the process of English language literary acquisition; (4) Range of effective instructional models for ELLs; and (5) Additional contributing factors to academic achievement for ELLs. Major challenges to closing the achievement gap for ELLs are identified as: (1) Disproportionate attendance at resource-poor schools; (2) Lack of access to specialized instruction and staff; (3) Lack of participation in rigorous college-preparatory coursework; and (4) Families who lack familiarity with the U.S. school system and who live in poverty. The document concludes with additional reading suggestions: both AFT publications and external publications are included.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Familiarity, Unions, English (Second Language), Teacher Associations, Literacy Education, Limited English Speaking, Teaching Methods, Models, Academic Achievement, Low Achievement, Disadvantaged Schools, Disproportionate Representation, Access to Education, College Preparation, Family Role, Poverty
American Federation of Teachers. 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-879-4400; Web site: http://www.aft.org
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.