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May 15, 2013

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Mandatory ELT training for Colorado teachers?

Teaching-English-in-USA"A recent article in The Denver Post looks at the increasing need to address the needs of non English-speaking children in the Colorado public school system.

Three kindergartners waited gleefully as Heather Christman showed them a clear plastic bag filled with miniature cars and blocks. The children, all English-language learners, had just finished reading the book "My Car." They would use the blocks and the cars to give examples of words they learned: faster, slower, ramp, bridge, over and under.

Christman teaches at Denver's Goldrick Elementary School, where about 70 percent of the students are learning English. She had no experience working with English learners when she moved to Colorado from Alabama eight years ago to begin a teaching career.

But when she was hired by Denver Public Schools, Christman was required to take two years of training to work with English learners.

Read the full story from The Denver Post...

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