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Fall 2021


The Winter 2020 issue of theIllinois Reading Council Journal published a special issue focusing on “action for equity,” with thoughtful articles and abundant family and classroom resources. This issue of the “wELLcome”column, which is dedicated to topics regarding English language learners (ELLs), continues in that same vein. In this issue, we place the spotlight on ELLs of African descent, their teachers, and their schools.


major topics explore:

immigrants of African descent facing racialization in addition to other adjustments

lack of support for immigrant students of African descent with unwritten or low incidence home languages

paucity of African Americans teaching ESL/bilingual education

paucity of African American students in dual language programs



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