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ERIC Number: ED507994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Sign Language: An Effective Strategy to Reduce the Gap between English Language Learners Native Language and English
Nicholson, Sheryl; Graves, Emily
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Linguistic diversity provides even greater challenges for our educational system. English Language Learners (ELLs) are a diverse population of students who are learning English in school. They come from numerous cultural and economic backgrounds, and live throughout the country. The task of the classroom teacher is to find a way to reach these children. Language minority students and limited English proficient students are one of the fastest growing groups of students in the United States. About 50% of all public school teachers will teach an ESL student sometime in their career (Samway & McKeon, 1999). Allowing students to use their native language facilitates cognitive and academic growth. Research has shown that children who learn using their native language and also English did not delay their acquisition of English language skills (Samway & McKeon, 1999). Sign language provides a bridge between their native language and English as their spoken language.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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