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The Role of Language and Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners

Oct 31, 2012


The Common Core State Standards spell out the sophisticated language competencies that students will need to perform in academic and technical subject areas. English language learners (ELLs) face a double challenge—they must learn grade-level content while simultaneously building their language proficiency. This policy brief discusses these challenges, highlights initiatives and strategies to advance ELLs’ language and content learning, and outlines how policy and practice must change to help ELLs graduate ready for college and a career.

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    Beverley Mowatt
    Posted 4 years ago

    The power of mathematics as a bridge to a new language is an exciting area of possibility for students learning any second language. Numbers are numbers, and math has a language all it’s own. So, let’s teach ELLs the language of math.

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