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The IRA Professional Standards document currently has a number of
competencies that might be expected to be covered in the training for an
ESL or a Bilingual Education teacher.  There are states that now require
all reading specialists to have a course that deals with LEP students.
Given the demographic changes of the past 20 years and certainly ahead for
the next few decades, I can not understand how any reading specialist
program would not have strong course work (freestanding or infused) that
does not deal with both L1 and L2 issues of literacy.  Please note that
I've not simply advocated ESL approaches as there are a number of models
out there. (Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore.)



Norman A. Stahl
Professor and Chair
Literacy Education
GH 223
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: (815) 753-9032
FAX:   (815) 753-8563
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