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A key issue in language instruction today is teaching English language learners.  NCTE has accepted responsibility for educating its membership so that ELL becomes an intentional part of what we do in every realm, such as policy development, conference proposals, materials, resources, surveys, research briefs, and professional development.  NCTE is striving to become the major source of assistance to teachers of English Language Learners. 

  • Examine the various ways English Language Learners are being taught in American schools and identify those that appear to be most effective.
  • Advise the Executive Committee regarding actions that can be taken to help NCTE realize these research and development goals in the next three years:
    • Because of NCTE's efforts in supporting research, scholars will be able to write extensive reviews of literature on research about learners of English as an additional language in classrooms where English is the language of instruction and the dominant language for the teacher and most of the students.
    • Help most NCTE members become aware of specific practices for supporting learners of English as an additional language in their classrooms.
  • Continue to propose convention sessions and publications or other learning experiences for NCTE members on emerging issues in the teaching of language and linguistics.

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2010 Annual Report

Current Members

DIRECTOR, Ana Christina Iddings (2010)
(University of Arizona, Tucson)

David Bloome (2010)
(Ohio State University, Columbus)

Ayanna Brown (2010)
(Elmhurst College, IL)

Daneell Edwards (2010)
(Troy University, Atlanta, GA)

Mathew O. Espinosa (2010)
(John Marshall Elementary School, San Diego, CA)

Carol Evans (2010)
(University of Arizona, Tucson)

Xenia Hadjioannou (2010)
(Penn State-Lehigh Valley Campus, Fogelsville)

Latoya Hardman (2010)
(Klein Forest High School, Houston, TX)

Karen Low (2010)
(Landmark High School, New York, NY)

Tanya Manning (2010)
(Newark, NJ)

Executive Committee Liaison, Kylene Beers
(Teachers College, New York, NY)

NCTE Administrative Liaison, Linda Walters

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