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ESL Legal Issues & State Laws - Chapter Summary
This chapter offers a comprehensive overview of legal issues and state laws for English language learning. Lessons examine proficiency standards, court cases, services, programs and laws related to ELL and ESL education. In addition to legal rights and court cases for ELL learners overall, you'll look at specific information for states including Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas.
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How It Helps
- Boost knowledge: These resources help you discover key information on or enhance your existing knowledge of various legal issues and state laws related to English language learning.
- Reduces research time: The ability to access ESL and ELL information in one location considerably reduces your research time.
- Helps ensure compliance: This chapter helps you develop curriculum that ensures you maintain compliance with ESL and ELL standards and laws.
Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Understand the legal rights of your English language learners
- Discuss various court cases associated with ELL
- Describe English language proficiency standards and levels for Arizona
- List English language learner laws for California
- Identify California programs designed to assist English language learners
- Pinpoint ELL services available in Illinois
- Explain the ESL content standards and bilingual education laws in Illinois
- Detail services for ELL students in Massachusetts
- Share details about bilingual education legislation in Texas
1. English Language Learners' Legal Rights
The legal system protects English Language Learners (ELLs) to ensure that schools address the language limitations they have. This lesson covers the basic rights ELLs have.
2. ELL Court Cases
This lesson provides an overview of major court cases that have made an impact on English Language Learners (ELL). The cases covered include Meyer v. Nebraska, Mendez v. Westminister, and Lau v. Nichols.
3. Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards
To ensure English language learners have a strong foundation in the English language, Arizona developed language proficiency standards to assess skill level and steer student development. Read on to learn about these language proficiency standards and how they impact learning.
4. Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards & Levels
Arizona's English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards apply to all public and charter schools in the state. They were developed by the Arizona Department of Education to ensure compliance with federal educational regulations concerning students with limited English proficiency. To learn more about these standards and how they are implemented, check out this article.
5. California English Language Learner Laws
In this lesson, you will learn about California English language learner laws and the programs designed to help non-native students learn and understand English.
6. English Language Learning Programs in California
A number of public universities, community colleges and adult education centers across the state of California have programs tailored to the needs of students learning English. Keep reading for a list of just a few of these programs.
7. ELL Services in Illinois
Like other states, Illinois provides specific programs aimed at helping English language learners (ELLs) transition into the English-speaking classroom. Read on to learn about these services and how the state hopes to prepare ELL students for success in and outside of the classroom.
8. ESL Content Standards in Illinois
Illinois has made great strides in successfully integrating non-native students into the English-speaking classroom and beyond. Learn about the ESL content standards which shape the foundations of Illinois' ESL programs that enable students to gain practical knowledge and experience to succeed in and outside of the classroom.
9. Bilingual Education Laws in Illinois
In this lesson, you will learn what bilingual education is, how it has evolved over the decades, and how programs are protected by certain laws in the state of Illinois.
10. ELL Services in Massachusetts
The ELL (English language learning) population in Massachusetts is a rapidly growing one, containing students of all ages and skill levels. To learn more about the different services Massachusetts offers to its ELL students, check out this article.
11. ESL US Government Lesson Plan
Through activities in this lesson plan, you will be able to support your English Language Learners in understanding the roles and composition of the three branches of the U.S. Government. Students will read, discuss, ask questions, and present information in English.
12. ESL Local Government Lesson Plan
This lesson will help the ESL students understand what a local government is and how it works. Students will learn associated vocabulary, as well as official positions in this government and their functions. Students will be able to play a game with the vocabulary, and then the students will act out a city council meeting.
13. ESL Citizenship Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, third grade ESL students will learn about citizenship. They will learn vocabulary associated with citizenship, and they will learn the duties and responsibilities that go along with being a citizen of the United States.
14. ESL Presidential Election Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan, your students will be exposed to vocabulary associated with the presidential election and will put those terms to use in their own mock campaign and election process.
15. ESL Politics Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce ESL students to the concept of politics. Students will discuss some basic ideas of politics and write about their own experiences.
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