Prereferral Teams and How Choices with LEP Students are Made

Thus far, we've learned about mistakes in mislabeling students(ch.2), downright unfair treatment in the past(ch.3), and an unclear idea of what kinds of programs are most effective(ch.4) but who makes the decisions about all of this. Certainly it is important to understand how these decisions are being made and who is making them. This chapter helps clear a bit of that up by … [Read more...]

Ch. 4 – ESL vs. Bilingual Approaches

Throughout my travels, I have encountered several commonly believed philosophies presented in media, books, people, and other resources regarding learning a second language. I seem to recall a sink or swim attitude toward language acquisition presented to me quite a few times as I was growing up. How many of the learners from that era were sinking? Chapter 4 acknowledges … [Read more...]

Chapter 3 – Assessment Laws

Having a broad overview of how laws and the law-making process fit into the assessment for LEP students, gives teachers a chance to understand the mistakes others have made. Certainly as we are learning, the assessment of students calls for looking at a myriad of factors. While it is a bit disheartening, it comes as no surprise that the laws governing assessment practices … [Read more...]

Chapter 1: English-Language Learners in U.S. Schools

After reading I felt the word heterogeneous was very well-suited for the topic. I struggle to find much that isn’t diverse about LEP students. The languages, cultures, home life, and other factors make each LEP student unique. Although 77% of the US LEP population is Spanish speaking there are many other languages that can’t be ignored. The differences in how families are … [Read more...]