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Helping Long Term English Language Learners

A newly published report claims that English-language learners academic progress is jeopardized because of flaws in California’s English-language programs.

The study found that the majority of long-term English-language learners in California schools are native born and prefer English and are also orally bilingual.

However, nearly 60% of English-language learners in California’s high schools have failed to become proficient in English despite more than six years of a U.S. education, says the report?s sponsor – Californians Together, a coalition of 22 parent, professional and civil rights organizations.

“The situation is alarming and urgent,” said Laurie Olsen, the study’s author. “These kids are a large part of our future. But if we don’t have programs that powerfully bring them into English, we’re going to end up increasingly with a state of kids who are undereducated.”

The report calls for new data collection systems to monitor long-term English language learners and better teacher training and curriculum.

Here at Merit Software, we design programs to help students? master core academic skills. Teachers can easily use the new online edition of Grammar Fitness and the online Punch writing programs to help English language learners stay focused and interested in gaining the skills they need for academic success.

Grammar Fitness is known for providing personal help and feedback for English language learners of a broad range of skill abilities. The new web based version measures progress and tracks time-on-task for teachers and students. It also has features to enhance online communication between instructors and students.