Dual Language Learners Reader Posts
New America launched its Dual Language Learner National Work Group, which has written a series of 10 posts related to research, policies, and practices pertaining to the education of dual language learners (DLLs) in U.S. public schools. According to this group, a DLL is “a child between the ages of zero and eight years old who is in the process of learning English in addition to his or her home language(s). These children may or may not also be considered ELLs . . . by their schools, depending on their performance on English language proficiency assessments” (from Post 1). Together, these posts constitute a DLL Reader that aims to provide a common, foundational base of knowledge to inform policy conversations about these students. The topic of each post and its link are included below:
Post 1: Introduction (and Definition of Terms)
Post 2: Who are DLLs?
Post 3: How do schools identify DLLs?
Post 4: How long does it take DLLs to learn English?
Post 5: What models do we use to teach DLLs?
Post 6: Testing and DLLs
Post 7: Federal Policy and DLLs
Post 8: English-Only Laws and DLLs
Post 9: DLLs, No Child Left Behind, and Race to the Top
Post 10: Preparing Educators to Work with DLLs