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ERIC Number: EJ1046130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
Language as the Lever for Elementary-Level English Language Learners
Nora, Julie
Voices in Urban Education, n37 p6-13 Sum 2013
Improving the education of a growing sector of the school population--English language learners (ELLs)--is a pressing unmet need in the nation's current public education system (Gándara 1994; Genesee et al. 2006; Hood 2003). Another urgent educational need is to prepare students to live and work in an increasingly globally connected world. Students should be able to engage in cultural exchanges across the earth, but schools in the United States are not keeping pace with this need (Suárez-Orozco & Sattin 2007). Bilingual education can help meet both these needs. In this article, the author will explain why ELLs should be viewed as an asset rather than a burden and describe how this has been accomplished through two-way bilingual education at her elementary school, the International Charter School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A