In 2014, Judge John Dietz ruled Texas fails to provide sufficient funding for schools to effectively serve a growing population of ELLs and low-income students. – See more
English language learners…have the lowest graduation rate of all subgroups at 71.5 percent statewide. English language learners are one of the fastest-growing student groups in Texas with almost 1 million students, making up 18 percent of the school population. San Antonio was home to about 38,000 English learners in 2014-15.
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When I cracked open the Welcome to Computers for ESL Students , I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would this be a resource that would offer watered down computer concepts and vocabulary? And, I wasn’t thrilled by the cover (nice design, though) since the content referred to topics that some might deem a bit dated:
- Basic Computer Concepts and Vocabulary
- Microsoft Windows (7 and 8.1)
- Word Processing (WordPad & Word 2013)
- Internet Explorer
- Clearly delineated learning objectives
- Images that represent the target ELL population
- Online resources (I didn’t link to them since you probably need to own the book)
- Picture dictionary for computer terms along with parts of speech and example sentences.
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With such rich activities and content, teachers of ELLs will want to take a serious look at books that enable language learning around a relevant subject such as computer related vocabulary and skills.
Labyrinth Learning…publishes easy-to-use textbooks that empower educators to teach complex subjects quickly and effectively — and enable students to gain confidence, develop practical skills, and compete in a demanding market.