What Works: English Language Learning in America

This report gives a snapshot of the demand for English skills, the current offerings around the country, pros and cons of multiple models, and highlights the success of occupational English and employer-provided ESL courses. Policy recommendations include simplifying metrics used to measure program success (one proposal is to use student persistence or satisfaction, rather than standardized test scores), implementing a clearinghouse of ESL programs so learners could easily choose the program that best fits their needs, revamping federal funding, and increasing resources and standards for instructors.

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