This study, which focuses on interviews with teachers, program directors, focus group discussions, family surveys, and classroom observations, surmises that the most efficient teaching methods and policy recommendations for young English learners include the following:
- Cultivating strategies to help teachers support English and home-language development.
- Collecting detailed information regarding families' linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
- Creating national and state policies that explicitly support the inclusion of home languages.
A particular teaching method which helps ELLs in superdiverse settings includes “incorporating students’ home languages in classroom rituals and routines.”
But much research is yet to be done. While the Migration Policy Institute is tackling the big issue of acknowledging and attempting to rectify neglectful school practices for superdiverse ELLs, Mr. Mitchell recognizes that “public policy, research, and teaching methods have not adjusted to accommodate the nation’s increasingly diverse English-language-learner population.”
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-Melissa Hoppie, Graduate Student Researcher