The Effectiveness of English Language Learners Programs Essay

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Years after most school districts in the United Stated have initiated some type of “strategy” for educating America’s, increasing ELL population,; questions about how well teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) are being trained and the effectiveness of ELL programs have arisen . For many, such topic may not be as important to some as it is to others. In retrospect, the number of ELL students grows every school year as schools districts absorb the increased enrollment. Based on state-reported data, it is estimated that 4,999,481 ELL students were enrolled in public school (pre-K through grade 12) during the 2003-2004 school year (Mckeon, 1). With this in mind, school districts are still witnessing a tremendous growth of their ELL …show more content…
With such being said, English is one of the hardest, second languages to learn, which makes learning the new language in one year next to impossible. Some feel that SEI is just a band aid for the state of Arizona to not deal with the bigger issue in which there are those who believe that the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is trying to segregate students for half of their day with the same group and the same teacher. To illustrate, a teacher from Independence High School explained that such format does not require much; every educator who graduates from college is simply required to take only one ELL class that is 3 hours. In a study that was conducted in California, data that was collected from the National Center for Education Statistics showed that only 12.5 percent of teachers received more than eight hours of training over a three-year period; such is simply not enough (Shreve,2). In the study, many teachers contested that a couple of hours of training once a year provided little to not help for ELL teachers. The same study showed that 43 percent of teachers whose classes consist of a majority of English learners received no more than one in-service training session over five year period about how to instruct their students (Pg. 1). California and Arizona both are struggling in which

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