Education And English Language Learners Essay

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“over one-third of fourth graders and one-fourth of eighth graders cannot read at a basic level” (Ortlieb, 2013, p. 147). Later, in 2007, just in two short years, the number of children who were not reading on grade level went up. According to Connor et al., (2012, p. 52), “two-thirds of children fail to read at or above proficient levels by fourth grade”. This lack of ability of learning how to read occurs from the fact that these children were not effectively and explicitly taught how to make a connection regarding the relationship between questions and answers, which can be seen throughout literacy of higher levels (Ortlieb, 2013, p. 148). Another reading challenge that is becoming more common is the vastly growing diverse population. In today’s classrooms, most of the diverse population do not speak English. In education, these students are also known as “English language learners (ELLs)” (Brown, 2007, p. 32). “From 1991 to 2001, the ELL enrollment in public schools in the United States increased by 95 percent, while the general student population increased only 12 percent” (Brown, 2007, p. 32). The ELLs students’ inability to speak English also hinders their ability of reading comprehension and academic success. Different reading ability levels is another challenge. Research has indicated a wide range of reading skills in today’s elementary classrooms (Firmender, Reis, Sweeny, 2013, p. 3). Because of these various reading ability levels in the same…

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