Developing A Generation 1.5 Literacy Program Essay

713 Words Oct 26th, 2015 3 Pages
1.5 Literacy Program There is an increased attention for immigrants and English-language learners (ELL) in the United States. The generation 1.5 are overlooked and misidentified in the high school level. This generation is of students who are familiar with the U.S culture because they were raised here and many were born in the United States. Even though, they appear to be native in speaking English, they are less skilled in academics, literacy, and especially in writing in their first language. Moreover, there are nine recommendations for developing a Generation 1.5 literacy program, which I will implement in my language school that I will be teaching. However, I will keep in mind that these high school students were raised speaking and hearing two languages, but that they lack in both academically. The Universal Grammar theory of Chomsky helped these students know their first language or as I like to call it mid-languages because these students including myself learned both languages; Spanish and English at the same time and we are undecided on which one we learned first because we lack on the academic part of both. In addition, my language school will be also based on Stephen Krashen theories of second language acquisition. These involve meaningful interactions and natural communications. The first recommendations that I will implement in my language school is to establish higher track classes as opposed to lower track classes. The higher level tracking will assist the…

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