New hope for our most vulnerable English learners “One of the guiding principles of effective English language teaching is for educators to know their students. And that in a nutshell captures the value of this book. . . . The compassion that Custodio and O’Loughlin feel for our SIFE students, the commitment they have to educating them well, and the comprehension they have of the assets these learners bring to the classroom are evident in the writing, tools, and vignettes they share.” -Deborah J. Short Under the best of circumstances, the academic demands of today’s classrooms can be daunting to our English learners. But for the tens of thousands of newly arrived students with interrupted formal education, even the social challenges can be outright overwhelming. Rely on this all-in-one guide from Brenda Custodio and Judith O’Loughlin for expert insight on how to build the skills these students need for success in school and beyond. Inside you’ll find • Essential background on factors leading to interrupted education • Specific focus on refugee children and Latino immigrants • Guidance on building internal resilience for long-term social and emotional health • Recommendations for creating supportive environments at the classroom, school, and district level About one thing, Brenda and Judith are absolutely convinced: our SIFE students can learn and make progress, often at a remarkable speed. But it’s up to us, their educators, to provide the time, attention, and a specific focus. Consider this book your first step forward.
Chapter 2: Latinos With Interrupted Education
Latinos With Interrupted Education
Latinos are by far the largest linguistic minority in the United States, composing about 20% of the total population (Pew Research Center, 2013; U.S. Census, 2011). The term Latinos or Hispanics will be used somewhat interchangeably in this chapter, with Latinos being the larger population including anyone from Latin America, and with Hispanics referring only to the Spanish-speaking portion of the group. The phrase Latin America will encompass all the areas of North and South America in which Latin-based languages are spoken, predominately Spanish, but also French Creole and Portuguese.
Other than language heritage, the area represents extreme diversity in ethnicity, socio-economics, and educational opportunities. Some of the issues faced by new arrivals from this world area are ...