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Here is a reminder from Barry Shaffer on teaching languages other than English

Below is a reminder to ABE programs that helping students to prepare for the Spanish GED test is not allowed in our ABE funded system.  Please see the policy language below.  Our GED testing centers do offer the GED test in Spanish (some states don’t), but if a student wants GED instruction for that goal, they should be purchasing the prep service through community ed or thru private vendors.  This issue is something that our compliance review process will look into.

Also, please be mindful of the quantity of bilingual instruction or translation activity that may be occurring in your ESL classes.  Although it may be helpful to get concepts across to English language learners by using their native language, a large amount of use of the other language may actually delay or hinder a student’s progress in English.  I have no quantitative guidelines to offer on this particular issue, but that is something that managers and instructors need to consider.


ABE POLICY ON TEACHING LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Effective:  June 1, 2004

Last Revised: February 28, 2005

Unless a waiver is obtained from the Minnesota Department of Education, Adult Basic Education Office, instruction in a language other than English for Adult Basic Education or for a non-English GED/diploma (e.g., Spanish and French GED) is not allowed as a “countable” contact hour.

State and federal Adult Basic Education laws do not authorize instructional services in languages other than English.  It is the clear intent of both laws to promote the acquisition of English literacy and speaking skills.

A waiver to this policy may be granted by the Minnesota Department of Education.  The rationale must be related to the effective use and accountability of taxpayer dollars (producing positive benefits to the state).

Note:  This policy does not preclude the use of languages other than English in a “translation-assistance” sense. 
 

 

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