The Case for Structured English Immersion

Clark, Kevin
April 2009
Educational Leadership;Apr2009, Vol. 66 Issue 7, p42
The article discusses the use of structured English immersion (SEI) programs to improve academic achievement for English language learners (ELLs). The author comments on how Arizona and Massachusetts mandated SEI through ballot initiatives and discusses how student assessments and the lack of continuing progress by some ELLs have led to the adoption of SEI programs and the restriction of bilingual education. He states that SEI programs should include English language instruction with student grouping based on proficiency, English as the designated language of instruction, teaching methods focusing on English as a foreign language and instruction in English grammar. He describes an SEI program at George Washington Elementary School in Madera, California.


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