Study Says Teachers Unprepared For English Learners

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 16, 2005

The UC Davis report is based on a survey of about 4,500 teachers in over 20 school districts.

Patricia Gandara led the study. She says teachers are struggling. “They think that the task they’ve been given is somewhat close to impossible given the circumstances in which they’re trying to do it.”

Gandara says teachers of English learners face unique challenges but don’t have the tools for the task. “The primary tool that they need is professional development because most of these teachers do not have an in-depth understanding of how to go about educating children who don’t understand English.”

The report recommends that policy-makers put a higher priority on training for teachers of English learners.