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ERIC Number: EJ766362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Helping Young Hispanic Learners
Garcia, Eugene E.; Jensen, Bryant
Educational Leadership, v64 n6 p34-39 Mar 2007
Hispanics are the largest and youngest ethnic group in the United States. Moreover, young Hispanic children make up approximately 80 percent of the U.S. English language learner population. They are a heterogeneous group, born both inside and outside the United States and having origins in Mexico, Cuba, Central America, South America, and the Dominican Republic. Young Hispanics bring a set of welcome assets to the education process: They often come from two-parent families, have a strong work ethic, are healthy, value education, and often are bilingual. Nevertheless, Hispanics lag behind their white and Asian American peers at all proficiency levels of reading and mathematics throughout their K-12 schooling. To improve their education trajectory early on requires rich language environments, dual-language programs, universal prekindergarten, and high-quality, bilingual teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States