Paper Argues For Overhaul In ELL Teacher Preparation Under Common Core

Lesli A. Maxwell writes at the Education Week (4/8) “Learning the Language” blog that a new paper published by the TESOL International Association, a professional organization for ELL teachers, argues that under the Common Core, “English-as-a-second-language teachers must become more involved in the central enterprise of teaching and supporting academic content for ELL students than has traditionally been the case.” The paper says that this will require “major shifts” in teacher preparation, including understanding “the language and language practices that are specific to different subject areas and disciplines.”