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    We serve all English Language Learners at Hidden Hollow with a combination of push in and pull out classroom assistance. Our teachers are ESL certified and have received multiple trainings in the best practices for delivering instruction in English using second language methodologies. Our goal is to have our students be successful in gaining the basic skills of comprehending, speaking, reading and writing of the English language.
     
    Challenging Common Myths About Young English Language Learners

    The following conclusions rest on the current research and practice. For the full article click here.

    1.All young children are capable of learning two languages. Becoming bilingual haslong-term cognitive, academic, social, cultural, and economic benefits. Bilingualism is an asset.

    2. Young ELL students require systematic support for the continued development of their home language.

    3. Loss of the home language has potential negative long-term consequences for the ELL child’s academic, social, and emotional development, as well as for the family dynamics.

    4. Teachers and programs can adopt effective strategies to support home language development even when the teachers are monolingual English speakers.

    5. Dual language programs are an effective approach to improving academic achievement for ELL children while also providing benefits to native English speakers.

    6. Hispanic Spanish-speaking children enter Kindergarten with many social strengths that are the result of positive parenting practices that need to be acknowledged and enhanced.

    7. Hispanic parents value high-quality early education and will enroll their young children if programs are affordable and accessible.

    Finally, recognizing the period from ages three to eight as critical for language development is necessary for providing the continuity and extended time for children to fully benefit from these programs.
    With regular and continued application of these findings, we can improve the educational outcomes for ELL children as well as the social and economic strength of our diverse communities. However, doing so will require that we all abandon outdated misconceptions and diligently inform our practices with current scientific findings.