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ERIC Number: EJ964239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Language-Rich Approach Boosts English Learner Skills
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v77 n3 p56-60 Nov 2011
Four years ago, teachers at International High School in Austin, TX, thought they were doing a great job. Visitors to the school for new immigrants often praised the faculty for working with such a diverse population of students, some of whom had no prior formal education. Aida Walqui's observation was different. The director of WestEd's Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) project told faculty there was much more they could do to engage students and accelerate their learning. When she and her WestEd colleagues suggested a detailed improvement plan that included lesson makeovers and classroom coaching, the International staff jumped on board. In 2007-2008, International became part of a three-year pilot of the QTEL approach to school wide instructional improvement, which included two other Austin high schools, Lanier High School and Reagan High School. All three schools accelerated student achievement and improved teacher practice. Austin's success has important implications for districts across the country struggling to serve English language learner (ELL) students, as well as low-income and minority students who do not speak standard English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas