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Two-language instruction best for English-language learners, Stanford research suggests

Andrew Myers, Stanford News

March 25, 2014

Like a growing number of school systems across the country, San Francisco Unified School District is tasked with educating increasing rolls of students for whom English is not their first language. In the United States, the school-aged population has grown a modest 10 percent in the last three decades, while the number of children speaking a language other than English at home has soared by 140 percent. Against this backdrop, researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and San Francisco Unified School District(link is external) are examining student performance in various types of English language learning programs.

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Like a growing number of school systems across the country, San Francisco Unified School District is tasked with educating increasing rolls of students for whom English is not their first language. In the United States, the school-aged population has grown a modest 10 percent in the last three decades, while the number of children speaking a language other than English at home has soared by 140 percent.

Against this backdrop, researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and San Francisco Unified School District(link is external) are examining student performance in various types of English language learning programs.