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Help or hindrance? Use of native language in the English classroom

from By Erick Herrmann

The population of English learners is the U.S. has grown significantly over the past two decades, increasing by approximately 81 percent since 1990. This represents 25.3 million individuals, born abroad and in the United States, who are still developing English proficiency. In U.S. schools, teachers are faced with the challenge of teaching students both academic content and English at a variety of English proficiency levels, from beginners to fluent English speakers. The practice of allowing students to speak other languages in U.S. classrooms for or during instruction has been a controversial subject. more

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