English Language Learners : English Learners Essay

1100 WordsMar 22, 20165 Pages
English language learners (ELL) consisted of 22.3 percent of the total enrollment in California public schools (Facts about English Learners in California - CalEdFacts, 2015). Tends to be ignored or receives not quite the equality in education as their Native English speakers (NES) counter parts. Over the past few years there has been a surge in dual language immersion (DLI) programs (also known two-way immersion), which have resulted in much success (Lindholm-Leary, 2012, p. 256). It has been found that students in DLI programs show a high level of bilingualism and by biliteracy as well as academic achievement and cross-cultural competence (Lindholm-Leary, 2012, p. 256). Since the population of ELL students in California is so high it would appear that the best way for ELL students to get an education that is equal to their NES counterparts more DLI classes should be implemented. By applying more DLI programs California can benefit both their ELL and NES students in academic development and cross-cultural competence, which will help reduce prejudice and racism in the state. In Jong’s research she has observed that racially and ethnically mixed settings can have positive influences on cross-cultural relationships as well as language attitudes in school (Jong, 2006, p. 24). By implementing more DLI programs in California schools the ELL students as well as the NES students would have to work together to accomplish a mutual goal. This is because in DLI classes a portion of

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