This report recaps discussions from a September 2006 conference on adult literacy education in immigrant communities. It outlines strategies, priorities and collaboration opportunities aimed at helping our nation’s newest members learn English and — in turn — pursue deeper community bonds and brighter economic futures. 

October 11, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why we have a shortage in English acquisition courses.

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    Why it’s so difficult to resolve this shortage.

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    The marks of a successful English instruction program.

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    Ten priorities for advancing English learning programming.

Key Takeaway

When it comes to English language instruction, America gets a failing grade

The experts agree: We must do more to unlock the power of language for English learners. Our current systems for providing English instruction are severely underfunded, sorely misunderstood and floundering within a broken infrastructure that dribbles out disjointed services and advocacy misfires. Failing to act on this front will undermine the capacity of our nation’s great workforce and — even more — position our country to fall behind in the global economic race. 

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