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Linguistically Responsive Teacher Education

Linguistically responsive teachers are those with expertise for teaching students who speak home languages other than the language used in school and are developing proficiency in that language while simultaneously learning academic content and skills through the language. In the United States, these students are generally referred to as English language learners (ELLs). Linguistically responsive teacher education refers to programs purposefully designed to ensure that all teachers develop the expertise for teaching ELLs. The programs discussed in this entry are those designed to prepare general classroom teachers—not specialists in English as a second language (ESL) or bilingual education. The entry presents arguments put forward in support of linguistically responsive teacher education. It then describes the content of the linguistically responsive teacher education program curriculum and ...

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