That change, in my opinion, is how we prepare both preservice and inservice teachers in the methods to effectively teach all of their students - especially those who are learning English.
Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) July 30, 2009
Educational Training Specialists, LLC, the leading private provider of Arizona's required Structured English Immersion training, is now offering these workshops nationwide. Anne Swigard, the company's president, expanded its offerings to bring much-needed information and strategies to teachers who are working with English Language Learners.
"While many teachers can help students get to a basic level of proficiency in the English language, it takes an entirely different skill set to help English learners succeed at levels which will one day prepare them for higher education and the workforce," says Anne Swigard, President of Educational Training Specialists, LLC. "Our research-based professional development workshops provide teachers with up to 70 new strategies to help English Learners succeed in their English-speaking classrooms."
Swigard's thematically-based, copyrighted training programs, 'From Many Nations to One' and 'Around the World in 15 (or 45) Hours' include proven methods to reach the ELL student population. Program components include:
- Best practices for English Learners
- Theoretical principles related to language acquisition
- Brain research
- Gold-standard educational research, such as 'Classroom Instruction that Works' (Robert Marzano, et al)
- Cooperative learning
- Elements of Effective Instruction
- High levels of participant (and thus, student) engagement
- High-interest literacy instruction and activities for struggling readers and writers
- A method for immediate reflection and application in the classroom environment
English Language Learners are the fastest-growing population of public school students in the U.S. Currently there are approximately 5 million ELLs enrolled in US schools. Having to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture presents a wide range of academic challenges; therefore, in many states, ELLs consistently lag behind other students in achievement, contributing to higher dropout rates. Research has shown that teachers are often unprepared to work with this portion of the student population. This combination of unprepared teachers and students struggling to learn a new language foretells an uncertain future for the United States.
"Most experts agree that if our schools are going to produce a competitive labor force, something indeed has to change," said Swigard. "That change, in my opinion, is how we prepare both preservice and inservice teachers in the methods to effectively teach all of their students - especially those who are learning English."
For more information about Educational Training Specialists and training for teachers of English Language Learners, visit http://www.training4teachers.com.
About Educational Training Specialists:
Educational Training Specialists, LLC is a nationally recognized educational consulting company that provides personalized English Language Learning consulting to schools and districts across the U.S. Backed by more than a decade of research and development, the company's unique programs address the pressing needs of today's ELL teachers and administrators, helping participants improve their classroom strategies while earning valuable continuing education hours. For more information, visit http://www.training4teachers.com or call 1-800-279-7135.