Improving students' vocabulary can help close the achievement gap for students whose first language is not English, suggests education consultant Ben Johnson. While working as an administrator, his school district improved achievement among Hispanic students, in part, by teaching them to understand the context of the words verbally, visually and aurally, he writes. Edutopia.org/Ben Johnson's blog
Words are the tools for thought. It would be helpful if after reading this article, we considered if the same principles might apply to our English speaking students with low language.