Cobb County
International
Diversity
Margaret McKenzie
ESOL Consultant
[email protected]
The faces in
America’s classrooms
are changing.
“The limits of my
language mean the
limits of my world.”
~Ludwig Wiggenstein
“A different language is a
different vision of
life.” ~Federico Fellini
“To have another language is
to possess a second soul.”
~Charlemagne
“Language is the roadmap of a
culture. It tells you where its
people came from and where they
are going.”
~Rita Mae Brown, author
"The most important trip you
may take in life is meeting
people halfway."
- Henry Boye, author
Some statistics…
In 1990 Latinos
comprised 9% of the U.S.
population.
By 2050 the largest
minority population
in U.S. classrooms
Latinowill
with
be30%.
In Georgia
the surge in Latino population is not
limited to K-12 students…
7.5% of the population is Latino
Georgia is the number one state in the nation
for the fastest growth in Latino populations.
Recent estimates indicate
that 90% of the total K-12
public student population
the United States
was born in _____________.
In 2003-04 approximately
11% of the total K-12 public
student population received
English to Speakers of
Other Languages services.
Over 3.8 million children
In Georgia…
nearly one out of every 10 residents
ages 5 and older speaks a language
other than English at home with
Spanish having the greatest
representation.
Census 2000
In Georgia, between 1993 2005 Limited English
Proficient student
enrollment increased 397
___%.
In 1989 in Cobb
Today
there
are
County
there
were 100
ESOL
8000+
from
over
students
from
20
130 countries.
countries.
~1,000 ESOL students in Cobb
high schools
~1,000 ESOL students in Cobb
middle schools
~6,000 ESOL students in Cobb
elementary schools
Why ESOL?
All students legally
and morally
deserve an
appropriate
education.
It’s the Law!
Lau v. Nichols (1974)
• Unanimous Supreme Court decision
• “sink or swim” instruction violates Civil Rights
of language minority children
• School districts required to provide
specialized English instruction
• “students who do not understand English are
effectively foreclosed from any meaningful
education”
The Law!!
Plyer v. Doe (1982)
“States are prohibited from
denying a free public education
to undocumented immigrant
children regardless of their
immigrant status.”
What can you do?
Remember…
a smile transcends all language barriers.
International Welcome Center
Languages available:
Spanish
Portuguese
Korean
Russian
French
Ukranian
Other languages available upon request
Request procedures:
Schools submit Request form to IWC:
• Email – [email protected]
• Fax – 770- 819-2373
Staff Development Opportunities
You can view and register for classes on INFORM
(go to www.cobbk12.org and click on Professional Learning
Languages offered now:
Spanish
Portuguese
French
Korean
Italian
For more information
about ESOL, go to
http://flesolcobbcentral
.typepad.com/esol/
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