Essay on English Language Learner

992 Words Jan 27th, 2013 4 Pages
Some reports portray English language learners as a new and homogenous population. Actually ELLs are a highly heterogeneous and complex group of students, with diverse gifts, educational needs, backgrounds, languages, and goals. An English language learner is an individual that is of another culture and has migrated to America to live, learn, become educated and find a career. English language learners have been coming to America and continue to migrate here more and more. Most of them speak different languages as Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages. Students in today’s society, of all ages and cultures, are provided by the law equal access to a quality education. Voter driven initiatives/laws relating to …show more content…
During the 196Os, blacks and other minority groups held demonstrations to protest underemployment, inadequate housing, poor representation in government, and lack of educational opportunity. The 88th Congress passed the civil rights act in 1964, which stated the concept of equality in federal law. The enactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965 was constructed due to the emphasis on equality. Title I of the ESEA provided assistance to educational agencies for children of low income families. While this benefitted many inner city children, it did not target students who suffered specifically from language barriers. An act known as, The Bilingual Education Act, is noted as the first official federal recognition of the needs of students with limited English speaking ability. This act supports programs for educating language-minority students and funded by the federal law it provides legal guidelines for transitional bilingual education programs. Grants funded to schools by this act must be used for resources for educational programs, training for teachers and teacher aides, development and dissemination of materials, and parent involvement projects. The struggle for equality and nondiscrimination in education at all levels has a long history in the United States. Congress enacted the Equal Educational

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