Reparable Harm: Fulfilling the Unkept Promise of Educational Opportunity for California’s Long Term English Learners

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Californians Together

Non-English speaking students who are always taught in English are likely to face long-term academic struggles, according to this new report, which the authors describe as a “wake up call” for educators about a “startling picture of students left behind.”

They argue that by being placed in classes taught in English, language learners find themselves in an environment they cannot understand, and thus they cannot comprehend basic educational foundations. Without these fundamentals, the students fall behind and are in danger of nearing graduation without achieving English proficiency.

The report includes a specialized program recommended for use with English learners, along with one that provides training for teachers on how to accommodate non-English speakers.

Free, 68 pages. http://www.calfund.org/pub_documents/reparable_harm_full_final_lo.pdf.