Liliana Minaya-Rowe study shows that "between 69 percent and 90 percent of English language learners in middle and high schools who were born in the United States and have been in U.S. schools since kindergarten still have not achieved the academic proficiency to succeed in the all-English mainstream program. Why? Two important reasons are (1) a lack of teacher preparation to use research-based strategies to teach academic language and curricu...
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...red environment. Building new knowledge through background knowledge or schema helps ELLs to acquire the academic language and the content knowledge. They are better equipped when they are ready making the transition into a mainstream classroom and also provide the skills one needs to be fully bilingual. They can be proficient in both the languages(LI &L2), and use their native languages as an asset when acquiring the advanced skills in both the content knowledge and the academic language.
In the nutshell, I would like to conclude that all the hurdles and obstacles faced by the LEP students can be overcome with strong vigor, motivation, positive attitude , and above all with the support and guidance from the educators.
Crawford, James (2005). Educating English Learners: Language Diversity in the Classroom. Los Angeles, CA: Bilingual Educational Services.
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