(PRWEB) October 26, 2005 -- The ELL population is now the fastest growing K-12 population and the U.S. School districts in Texas were unable to fill 26% of open secondary bilingual/ESL positions and reported a shortage of 2,906 teachers in the elementary bilingual/ESL area for the 2001-2002 school year (Texas A&M University, 2002). Federal laws mandate that public schools provide Bilingual and ESL (English as a Second Language
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) teachers for students who do not have English as their primary language. In general, the law states that if a school district has 20 or more students who speak a common foreign language, the ISD must provide Bilingual teachers in that foreign language as well as ESL teachers. The highest number of English Language Learners speak Spanish (79%). However the laws apply to any language in the world. Some of the other ELLs are Vietnamese (2%), Hmong (1.6%), and those at about 1%: Chinese, Korean, Haitian Creole, Arabic, and Russian.
Bilingual teachers teach using both English and the student’s primary language. ESL teachers teach using only English. Students are placed in a Bilingual or ESL classroom depending on the programs available in the district. In both cases, the teachers are trained to recognize the value of the student’s own culture and heritage. These specially trained teachers are specifically trained in second language acquisition theory, methods and strategies.
The big problem for the school districts that are affected by these laws is the lack of certified ESL and Bilingual teachers.
The need for certified ESL and Bilingual teachers is far ahead of the ability of universities and colleges to produce ESL and Bilingual qualified teachers. Universities would like to add more Bilingual and ESL classes, but there is a shortage of trained personnel in the fields of ESL and Bilingual teaching. Many universities do not have certified personnel and are not able to provide training in the areas of ESL and Bilingual teaching.
For the first time ever, there are now multi-faceted products available for teachers who want to become ESL and Bilingual certified. These products can be used by individuals to prepare for certification tests through the self-paced six-week program. The materials are also available at significant discounts to educational institutions who would like to use the multi-faceted materials to prepare groups of students for successful ESL and Bilingual certification testing. These institutions include independent school districts, education
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service centers (Regions), universities and colleges, and private organizations.
Although these products were specifically designed for the Texas certification exams (#102 & #154), they are universal in nature and will help any student, in any state, pass their ESL and Bilingual teacher certification exams. To find out more about these products visit www.eslmaster.net, www.bilingualmaster.net or www.texes.net
Any qualified teacher or university professor can use these materials to help a class of students pass the ESL and Bilingual teacher certification examinations. These HELP, Inc. study aids have all the information necessary to help teachers pass the ESL and Bilingual teacher certification examinations. HELP, Inc. has helped thousands of teachers pass their pedagogy teacher certification exams over the past 10 years.
The ESL and Bilingual products are the only multi-faceted products available. They feature DVD presentations, full-length practice examinations with complete descriptions about which answer is correct and why, and in most cases a discussion about why the other answers are incorrect. Each product has a set of test-specific color-coded flash cards with the information needed to become an effective Bilingual and/or ESL teacher. The information will also enable the teacher to excel in their respective exams. Each product also has a handy pocket-sized booklet with reference material. This booklet is designed so that the student can keep it with them (in pocket or purse) for quick reference during the 6-week preparation period.
Dr. Perry K Haley-Brown is one of the few truly qualified ESL and Bilingual teaching experts (her extensive lists of accomplishments in these areas are listed on the web sites). Dr. Haley-Brown is featured on each of the DVD presentations. The presentations are full of pertinent information. That is why it is recommended that students watch the DVD once each week during the 6-week preparation course, for a total of six viewings. This is part of the unique multi-faceted approach. Watch and hear this information on the DVD over and over, each time putting more and more information to permanent memory. During the same period the student is studying the flash cards with similar information. Reference to additional online resources are also included in the study aids. Each of these different resources gives the student a little different look and the resources become interwoven such that the sum (the student’s working memory) becomes greater than the parts (the TExES Master DVD, the flash cards, the Manual, etc.)
These ESL and Bilingual products are produced by HELP, Inc., the same company that has offered teacher certification products over the past 10 years. These products are: TExES Master EC-4 Generalist, TExES Master PPR EC-4, TExES Master PPR 4-12.
The TExES products are authored by Dr. Sandra Luna McCune, test preparation expert and math specialist in the Department of Elementary Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is a nationally recognized author of teacher education test preparation review materials. Dr. McCune has earned the Stephen F. Austin University title of Regents Professor, the highest honor bestowed by the university. More can be learned. Learn
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