This article explains how the U.S. has become the second largest Spanish speaking country behind Mexico, and there’s an excellent video within the article as well that shows Latino-Americans sharing their experience of relearning Spanish and its importance.
Need to know taboos for a country? Want to know common greetings, personal space, communication styles, classroom rules for a particular country? Use this link to choose a continent and country, and then, it’s all there. What a great, quick tool for educators to learn about students’ culture!
Putting things on a smaller scale, in this case 1,000 people instead of 7.5 billion, is eye opening.
Although KY numbers are changing, this link gives you a glimpse of what’s happening in KY ESL education.
Try using WIDA’s Essential Actions with PLCs as a first step to involve everyone in helping ELL students reach higher achievement levels.