California Teachers Worry Gap Widening For English Learners During School Closures
Teachers across California are worried that students who are learning English will fall behind in their language skills due to the school closures and are trying various approaches to connect with those students and their families.
Even as concerns have been raised about the quality of instruction for native English speakers, those who are still new to the language face an even greater hurdle.
About 40 percent of California public school students speak a language other than English in their homes. These students are considered English learners until they pass a test and meet other requirements to show they are fluent in English.
Classes held in real time on online platforms like Zoom aren’t ideal for English learners, teachers say, especially if they include large groups of students.