July 27, 2011

Summer Program Helps Students Learn English Language

From http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/education/article_e613eaa8-b0f8-11e0-901e-001cc4c002e0.html

Program helping students learn English language
By Phyllis Coulter
July 18, 2011

The “English Alive” program in District 87 was aimed for students learning English as a second language. Each day during the three-week program, the 14 K-3 students learned a lesson, and then visited an example: learn about animals, visit the zoo; learn about community helpers, visit police and firefighters.

“We used our eyes, nose, mouths, ears and our language to learn,” said Anne Holdren, one of two Stevenson Elementary teachers who developed the program for English language learners at Stevenson and Oakland elementary schools.

Without such an opportunity, the children would have “limited exposure” to typical summer activities and programs that can help them maintain the English they learned during the school year, said co-teacher Katie Largent, who co-created the program.

Read more: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/education/article_e613eaa8-b0f8-11e0-901e-001cc4c002e0.html

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