Educating English Language Learners: History of Lau vs. Nichols

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Educating English Language Learners History of Lau v. Nichols The Supreme Court case Lau v. Nichols is truly a landmark case when it comes to public education, the rights of language learners and, in a bigger picture, the treatment of immigrants. Chinese American students residing in San Francisco and attending public schools there were responsible for this truly momentous case. These students, native Chinese speakers, and knowing very little English, were placed in standard classrooms where English proficiency/fluency was required and left to struggle for their own survival (Wright, 2010). The public school district of San Francisco defended their actions, arguing that these students were receiving the exact same treatment as other students (Wright, 2010). This was of course true aside from the grotesque inequality that all the native English speakers in the classroom could understand everything that was presented, and to the Chinese American students, it was largely unfathomable. It's worth mentioning that these Chinese American students were indeed in a difficult position; one which must have felt extremely daunting to them, particularly given the fact that they were required to attend all of these academic classes which were in a language they couldn't understand. It's important to understand that the San Francisco Unified School District did put forth an effort to help bridge the language gap for these students albeit an incredibly paltry one. For instance in

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