Emergent Bilinguals Are the Future: How Do We Support Educators to Ensure Their Success?
Emergent bilingual students, also known as English Language Learners (ELLs) or English Learners (ELs), has nearly doubled—to about 5 million, roughly 10% of all students in our public schools. By 2025, Emergent Bilinguals are projected to account for 25% of the total K–12 enrollment in the U.S. Yet, while more than 55% of teachers have at least one Emergent Bilingual student, less than 33% have had even a “modest level” of training to support them. And a 2014 study revealed that only 24% of teaching programs train elementary teacher candidates to support Emergent Bilinguals. In this Education Insight, you'll explore the growing need for dedicated training tailored to Emergent Bilingual student education. You'll find out facts about the Emergent Bilingual opportunity gap and its societal consequences. Lastly, you'll learn about the types of tools teachers and educators need to effectively teach and engage this growing and important student population. Download and start reading this informative paper now.
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