We Need More Qualified ESL Teachers!
The number of Hispanic students in the Elgin area School District U-46 increased by 32.7 percent during the 2002-03 school year compared to 50.3 percent in the 2011-12 period, according to data from the Illinois Interactive Report Card.
This shows that Hispanic students now account for the majority of students in District U-46. Of course, this doesn't mean that all of those Hispanic students need to learn English, because many of them are third or fourth generation Hispanic Americans.
However, the number of English language learners (ELL) is also increasing, according to comments made by Wilma Valero, director of services for ELL students of U-46, in an interview by The Courier News.
A decade ago, there were 5,955 ELL students in U-46, according to Valero. In the 2011-12 school year that number rose to 7,800 students, she said.
The need for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers continues to be an urgent one. Not only are they needed in District U-46 but also in other area districts, such as District 300 in Carpentersville, where the number of ELL students increased from 1,400 to 2,366 during the last decade.
To meet the demand for bilingual teachers, District U-46, District 300 and Aurora's District 131 have participated in the Teacher Exchange Visitor Program. …