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Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners: An Educator's Guide


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Today′s public schools are increasingly characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity. Studies show that about 4.4 million students nationwide lack the English skills needed to succeed academically. To help second language learners keep up in the classroom, educators must understand the challenges that bilingual students and schools face.

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What Educators Need to Know About Language

Best Practices

Teacher Qualifications

Language Politics, Language Policy, and Schooling

Frequently Asked Questions About Language Teaching and Learning

About the authors

Judith Lessow-Hurley is a Professor in the Elementary Education Department at San José State University in San José, California. She taught in bilingual classrooms in New York and Colorado, and has been involved with professional development for teachers in California, Colorado, New York, and Texas, as well as abroad. Lessow-Hurley also worked with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to establish standards for teachers who work with second language learners. Her book The Foundations of Dual Language Instruction (3rd edition, Longman, 2000) is used in teacher preparation programs nationwide. In addition to her work in bilingual education, Lessow-Hurley has taught courses in multicultural education and has been involved in research and program development related to religious diversity and public schooling.

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