Report of the NLP: Language of Instruction Studies

Publication Date: June 23, 2008

An increasing number of children entering early childhood education settings are English Language Learners (ELLs). Given that on average, ELLs have low levels of literacy attainment, teaching these students to read and write well in English is an urgent challenge for educators. The National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth was convened to identify, assess, and synthesize research on the education of young ELLs with respect to their attainment of literacy, and to produce a comprehensive report on the panel’s findings. Nonie K. Lesaux, David J. Francis, and Diane August present the panel’s results and the implications for the education of young ELLs. Dr. Francis presents research findings related to bilingual vs. monolingual instruction and addresses the question of using a child’s native language in instructional programs.

Head Start's 9th National Research Conference

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