The Language of Learning

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An in-depth study of how well California is doing at teaching English to children.

Five million children in the nation's public schools are considered English learners. Nearly a third of them live in California.

June 2006 marked eight years since California voters approved Proposition 227, a groundbreaking state initiative that mandated English-only instruction in most of the state's public school classes. Yet there is still no agreement on whether the law is helping or hurting the state's 1.6 million English learners in school.

The California Report explores this issue in "The Language of Learning," six special reports that go inside classrooms, parent groups and teacher colleges to show how well California is doing at teaching English to children who are immigrants or the children of immigrants. This first-of-it's kind series, produced by award-winning education reporter Kathryn Baron, challenges common assumptions and shows what it means for the future of these children and the state when English language instruction is uneven. Hide full description

Five million children in the nation's public schools are considered English learners. Nearly a third of them live in California. June 2006 marked eight years since California voters approved Proposition 227, a groundbreaking state initiative that mandated English-only instruction in most of the state's public school classes. Yet there is still no agreement on whether the law is helping or hurting the state's 1.6 million English learners in school. The California Report explores this issue in "The Language of Learning," six special reports that go inside classrooms, parent groups and teacher colleges to show how well California is doing at teaching English to children who are immigrants or the children of immigrants. This first-of-it's kind series, produced by award-winning education... Show full description


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Part 1 - "The Language of Learning"

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
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Part 2 - "The Language of Learning"

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Parts 3 and 4 - "The Language of Learning"

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Part 5 - "The Language of Learning"

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Part 6 - "The Language of Learning"

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2006
  • Length: 05:29
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