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ERIC Number: EJ857680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
EL Expertise: Not Just for Specialists Anymore
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n8 p13-15 Apr 2009
With a majority of English learners born in the U.S. and the proportion of EL students within the overall student population growing dramatically, providing the best possible education for English learners has become an issue of increasing urgency. Aida Walqui, director of West-Ed's Teacher Professional Development Program, makes the point more starkly: "Unless we start looking at how to educate English learners as a systemic issue--something relevant to all teachers, not just EL specialists--we will become an illiterate nation soon." Walqui advocates a more systemic approach to educating English learners than schools traditionally have pursued and a more ambitious approach. Walqui and colleagues are advancing a new model in which all educators develop expertise in English learner instruction. To put this model into action, Walqui and colleagues developed the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative. QTEL provides system wide professional development and coaching to help teachers in every discipline offer high-caliber instruction for secondary students who are learning English as a second language. This article describes the QTEL approaches and how they are being applied at the school system and classroom levels.
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Language: English
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