I am currently enrolled in a graduate program, which will certify me as a literacy specialist. We have studied many trends and issues in literacy education. We have discussed the many issues regarding ELL learners and how the number of learners is increasing everyday. Today the figure is 1 in 9. In twenty years demographers estimate that it might be 1 in 4. The ELL population has grown 2 to 5 million since 1990. ELL learners come from 400 different language backgrounds. Many researchers have debated over which approach is the best method to teach ELL learners whether it be bilingual education or ESL approach. The increase in numbers of ELL students will affect how teachers will instruct such a variety of cultures. They will have to modify their instruction to the needs of this ever growing population of students. Some researchers have mentioned merging content and language objectives. What problems do you foresee if regular classroom teachers were to try to merge objectives and content? I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you.
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