Language And Culture : Language Learners

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The majority of countries around the world, including the United States, contain different linguistic and cultural groups. Despite this, few educational systems truly embrace these diverse languages and cultures inside the classroom or through instruction (Pinnock, 2009). “Language is the channel through which people’s cultures are transmitted”, but promoting only one or two languages deemed important the school system is separating many children from their culture (Pinnock, 2009). The ways in which language and culture are utilized in the classroom can be a “vital barrier or enabler” in successfully achieving national education goals (Pinnock, 2009). By embracing cultural as well as linguistic backgrounds and implementing them into classroom instruction, educators can help reduce the barriers facing an increasing population of English language learners in America’s educational system.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the percentage of English language learners (ELLs) in public schools increased nearly three-fold between 2003-2004 and 2013-2014, making ELLs the fastest growing group in American schools (Artiles & Ortiz, 2002). While 61% of the ELL population of the United States reside within six states, other states including Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee have experienced a 300 percent or higher growth of ELLs in a ten-year period (Artiles & Ortiz, 2002). North Carolina leads the nation in growth with
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