Abriendo Caminos: Analysis of English Language Acquisition, Latino ESL Students and Their Performance on Achievement Tests

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Arturo Rodríguez and Diane Boothe


In recent years, there has been a noticeable growth in the Latino population in United States schools; however, Latino students are still falling behind. Public schools are addressing this issue by developing English as a Second Language (ESL) to provide support and instruction with the English language. The goal of this language acquisition program is to provide each student with sufficient English skills to perform successfully in an academic setting. The purpose of this research is to provide an analysis of English language acquisition among Latino ESL students and their performance on achievement tests. This study will focus on ESL Pull-Out and ESL class period programs in two Boise, Idaho schools. The study will provide a better understanding of the process of acquiring English proficiency and will attempt to address some of the reasons for low achievement tests scores by Latino ESL students. This research expects to bring awareness to educators about the struggle many of the Latino ESL Students face while in the ESL program.

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