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ERIC Number: EJ759499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-4
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Oklahoma District Picks Path Less Followed for English-Learners
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v24 n34 p20-21 May 2005
In a demographic shift that is ahead of the state as a whole, but representative of many small towns in the region, Hispanics make up nearly 27 percent of the enrollment in the 800-student Hennessey school district, up from 18.2 percent in the 2000-2001 school year. In response to those changes, the district has adjusted how it teaches English-language learners, largely banishing the sink-or-swim approach. The district is one of four in Oklahoma--and one of the few rural school districts in the region--to launch a two-way language-immersion program. In such programs, children from English- and Spanish-language backgrounds study together to learn both languages. This article describes how the district's choice of two-way language immersion instead of English-as-a-second-language instruction, which is by far the most common approach throughout Oklahoma and other states in the region, is paying off.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma