Educating Language Minority Children

Diane August, Kenji Hakuta

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This report summarizes portions of a much longer report entitled "Improving Society for Language-Minority Children: A Research Agenda," published in 1997. Eleven experts reviewed and discussed existing research relevant to the education of English-language learners and bilingual students and made recommendations for future research. Following an introduction that describes the situation of students of limited English proficiency, the remainder of the report is structured around the traditional distinction between basic and applied research and specific areas of concern for educational practitioners and policy makers. Chapters 2 through 4 summarize research findings on bilingualism, second-language acquisition,literacy, content area learning, the social context of school learning, and intergroup relations. The next three chapters summarize findings of more applied research in: (1) student assessment (Chapter 5); (2) program evaluation (Chapter 6); and (3) school and classroom effectiveness (Chapter 7). Each chapter begins with a summary of key findings and ends with a section on educational and research implications. The report shows that considerable knowledge has already accrued, and that there are many ways of strengthening and building on this knowledge. (Contains 272 references.) 

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Diane August, Kenji Hakuta. Educating Language Minority Children (1998). National Academy Press: Washington, DC. (112 pages).

Language: English

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