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Long tradition of English language learning may need a jolt

from Education World

English language learners have always presented a unique challenge for schools and teachers, going back to the initial settlements in this country when colonists taught native Americans English, and during several periods of mass migration. The first ELL class was started in 1963. But their issues are even more prominent now with their growing numbers, increasing efforts to include them in general education classes and rising sensitivity about their status in the U.S. School administrators, counselors and general education teachers may have to pay even closer attention to their needs, according to Rebecca Lowenhaupt, a Boston College education leadership professor who specializes in how immigrant children adapt to school. more

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