Reading Rockets has a great article that summarizes how a school in Clark County, NV supports English learners. Researchers call what students do everyday to learn English and learn the academic standards we teach a Double Burden. The Double Burden of trying to understand what the teacher is teaching as they are dealing with new vocabulary, new syntatic structure, and oral comprehension. There are many teachers that implement effective teaching strategies, but often times teachers find it easier to not engage the English learner and just hope they get the material.
This articles provide a summary of what some teachers are doing to alleviate this and engage students to learn both interpersonal and academic skills more effectively and quicker.
Claudia is a Full Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Claudia is a researcher, consultant, and teacher educator committed to addressing the needs of bilingual students who are learning English and have a disability.