Document Number: 5638Effective Reading Programs For English Language Learners - Identifying the most effective method to teach English language-learner students reading skills is a controversial issue, with two solutions dominating the debate: bilingual education and immersion. This report argues that some empirical evidence suggests, in the small number of existing high-quality studies, that bilingual programs – especially paired bilingual strategies that teach reading in the native language and English at the same time – produce superior results when compared to immersion programs. The authors also contend that more high-quality long-term research is necessary before a definitive answer can be found. Overall conclusions begin on page 40. (Robert E. Slavin and Alan Cheung, Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, December 2003)...
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