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Closing the Achievement Gap for Long-Term English Learners


Yvonne Freeman and David Freeman


Wednesday, 28 January 2015
10:30 am–12:00 pm ET
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Cost: Free for members; US$45 for nonmembers
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Registration Deadline: 25 January 2015
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Who Should Attend?

ESL teachers working at the 6–12 grade level, mainstream teachers grades 6–12 with English learners in their classes

More About This Seminar

The presenters first describe four types of English learners. Then they discuss the different factors that affect academic achievement for long-term English learners. Next, they describe practices essential for teaching these students effectively and closing the achievement gap. For each practice, the presenters give specific examples showing PowerPoint slides from classrooms of effective teachers.

What Will I Learn?

You will
  • learn to distinguish among types of English learners.
  • learn the characteristics and needs of long-term English learners.
  • understand practices that are effective for closing the achievement gap for long-term English learners.
  • gain ideas for effective teaching for all English learners.

About the Presenters

Yvonne Freeman and David Freeman are professors emeriti at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Both are interested in effective education for emergent bilinguals. They present regularly at international, national, and state conferences. They have worked extensively in schools in the United States. They have also worked with educators in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Argentina, Uruguay, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mallorca, and Sweden.
The Freemans have published books, articles and book chapters jointly and separately on the topics of second language teaching, biliteracy, bilingual education, linguistics, and second language acquisition. Their newest books are Essential Linguistics: What Teachers Need to Know to Teach ESL, Reading, Spelling, and Grammar 2nd edition, Between Worlds: Access to Second Language Acquisition 3rd edition (2011), Academic Language for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers (2009), and Closing the Achievement Gap: How to Reach Limited Formal Schooling and Long-Term English Learners, Teaching Reading in Multilingual Classrooms, and ESL/EFL Teaching: Principles for Success.