NCTE recognizes bilingual and bicultural education as basic components of the ELA field. Teachers of English in bilingual settings should have professional preparation, if not certification, in the field. NCTE encourages teachers of English to cooperate with colleagues in bilingual education programs. It encourages teachers with only a few non-English-speaking students to become familiar with bilingual education aims and methods and to draw upon ESL literature for help in meeting the needs of those students. NCTE assumes the responsibility, on both the national and the affiliate levels, of working with other organizations involved with bilingual education and especially with teaching English to speakers of other languages. From the NCTE Position Statement on Bilingual Education
NCTE Position Paper
The Role of English Teachers in Educating English Language Learners (ELLs)
This position paper, created by the NCTE ELL Task Force, addresses the knowledge and skills mainstream teachers need to have in order to develop effective curricula that engage English language learners, develop their academic skills, and help them negotiate their identities as bilingual learners. More specifically, this paper addresses the language and literacy needs of these learners as they participate and learn in English-medium classes.
Position Statement Prepared by the NCTE Committee on Issues in ESL and Bilingual Education
This NCTE guideline discusses the background, issues and TESOL position statement.
In November 2003, the NCTE Executive Committee adopted a new model of policy-oriented style of governance for the Council. They have studied the meaning and ramifications of several issues for the organization as a whole. Learn more about the positions established and motions passed about English Language Learners.
NCTE Policy Research Brief
This research brief provides research-based recommendations for teaching English language learners. Research Clips are short research-based responses to questions about practice and is a supplement to this policy brief.
The English as a Second Language Assembly (ESLA) encourages interchange among teachers of English at all levels on issues in bilingual education and English as a second language. For information, contact Nan Fries, Treasurer, Box 310, Mount Pleasant, MI 48804; 989-644-3384.
Lesson Plans from ReadWriteThink
These classroom-tested lesson plans provide ready resources for teachers working with students from kindergarten to high school.
Pathways for Teaching and Learning with English Language Learners
This is an online professional development opportunity for teachers, coaches and administrators to develop understanding and skills in working with English language learners. Essential questions, video clips, related readings and tools for classroom application guide individuals or groups in an investigation of how to increase achievement levels of ELL students.
If your district is seeking ways to improve literacy instruction for English language learner students, bring an experienced NCTE consultant to your school to engage your staff in a workshop or presentation today!
NCTE Web Seminars
Whether you're participating on your own or planning professional development for an early-release day, you'll find these desktop sessions informative, interactive, and a great value especially since everyone in your school can participate through one connection. Attend a live virtual event or sign up to recive the CD recording of the event and all the resources asssociated with it.