Myths and realities: best practices for language minority students
Language minority students, including Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students, constitute the fastest growing segment of the U.S. student population today. Still, the controversy around how best to educate these students continues to swirl, with programs across the nation under attack. Now, just in time, Katharine Davies Samway and Denise McKeon have crafted an easy-to-use, exhaustive handbook to debunk the myths and describe the proven best practices in language-minority education.
Written with mainstream educators in mind, "Myths and Realities" provides fundamental background information on issues such as second language acquisition; legal requirements for educating linguistically diverse students; and placement, program, and assessment information. Chapters are organized in broad topic areas, each presenting a commonly held, seemingly plausible, yet ultimately false notion about the education of language minority students. Then, in a straightforward review of the research, myths like these are dispelled:
In a climate of high-stakes accountability, this guide will be invaluable to busy school administrators, curriculum supervisors, inservice and preservice teachers, and policymakers at all levels.
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