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The Necessary Reformation of English as a Second Language Programs to Preserve Culture and Resilience


  • Samia Sheth Student



immigration, english, second language learning, Schools


The current state of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs set immigrant children at a disadvantage from a young age, by working toward a goal of proficiency rather than to achieve the same level of mastery as native speakers. This article aims to find solutions to the issue without destroying any of the child's native tendencies: the solutions aim to provide an equitable solution that preserves the existing culture and language they were brought up with. Utilizing lesson planning and free speech in the classroom can strengthen the functionality and success rates of these programs for immigrant children, setting them up for success rather than setting them at a disadvantage. 


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