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TESOL Responds to Comment Request from the Office of English Language Acquisition

by User Not Found | 10/28/2013
TESOL recommends OELA research priorities.
In response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the U.S. Department of Education, TESOL International Association submitted comments on a proposed research agenda for the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA).

TESOL recommended the following priorities:
  1. Identification, screening, and assessment practices of ELs in general.
  2. Strategies for data collection, data analysis, and data-based decision making with respect to EL assessment data.
  3. The correlation of English language proficiency (ELP) standards with college- and career-ready standards and the alignment of ELP assessment with ELP standards, including assessments that are accessible to, and usable with, ELs with disabilities.
  4. Key features of instruction for ELs that promote language acquisition, including academic language, social language, native language development, and content knowledge in various education programs that provide instruction in English or in English and another language.
  5. Characteristics of professional development that prepares prospective teachers or current practicing teachers who are language development specialists or content teachers of ELs to design and deliver instruction that promotes language acquisition and content knowledge.
For more information, please read the full text of TESOL’s comments.