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Teaching English language learners: A complex endeavor

from Edutopia (commentary)

Carly Berwick, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Three middle-school-aged boys draw pictures in chalk on a blackboard on a bright Saturday afternoon. 'Write the word below the drawing,' I say. The word apple goes under the apple, tree under the tree. Afterward, they practice with vocabulary flashcards for a half hour. At a bathroom break, all three bolt down the hall in search of a soccer ball, teasing each other in Arabic. They might be eager to learn English, too — but I feel I've lost them already." more


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