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MU Scholars to Promote English Language Learning

As the number of non-English speaking students grows, so does the need for specialized language instruction in Missouri's schools. The MU College of Education will help address this need thanks in part to a $1.3-million award from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will fund a five-year program to prepare Missouri teachers to teach English to students who do not use it as their native language. The program, English Language Learning in Missouri, will bring 20 teachers to the Columbia campus each year. Program participants will take two fall courses, two winter courses, two summer courses and a field-based practicum in order to be certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

"[English Language Learning] is a quite a specialty with its own methodology, and as the numbers of non-English speaking students continue to increase this specialty will be in greater demand," said Roy Fox, chair of the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum. "It is a pressing need; the number of students in Missouri who did not speak English as their native language was 7,600 in 1998. In 2005, that number had increased to 20,000."

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