Foreign-born English-language learners at San Pedro High School in California are mastering the language faster than US-born students who have been identified as "long-term English learners." While no overall statistics are available, one reason cited for the disparity is that foreign-born students may already have mastered their native tongue and can focus on learning English, while the US-born students are learning English while also trying to learn the native language of their parents. "It delays their progress in Spanish and it delays their progress in English at the same time. It ends up almost like a created learning disability," Jill Aguilar, an associate professor of education at California State University, Dominguez Hills, said of some students.
Published in Brief: