ELDTOA asks:

What is an "under-schooled English Learner" as compared to longterm ELs or a new EL student to the country?

I'm a new ELD Teacher on Assignment and I'm not sure how to define "under-schooled EL".  Is this an EL student that is achieving below grade level regardless of their time in the country? or could he/she also be an immigrant student new to the country but without his/her grade level education in their own country?
In Topics: School and Academics, Learning a second language
> 60 days ago



May 6, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

"Under-schooled English Learner" is any child who is learning English as a second language, is already attending upper grades but has neither attended all previous grades or has had interrupted education, or very poor education.  Example: a 12 year-old who cannot read because he came from a country that was at war and so he missed a lot of school or could not attend school, or that had very poor education, or his family migrates to follow jobs and has missed a lot of schooling.  

Long-term ELs are students who were born in the United States to families who only speak their country's language, has been in US schools but has received either very poor academic and ESL instruction, or has had good years and poor years. Consequently, he may be in middle or high school -having attended school in the US all his life  and still cannot speak English or have academic English skills to successfully progress in school.

A new EL student to the country could be someone who just arrived or arrived within the last year.

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