Jim Robinson, TESL Professor and Facilitator of the Prepare Working Group at St. Cloud State University shared the following link regarding the academic achievement of children who speak English as a second language in England.
The article shared the following data:
· Non-english speaking pupils outperformed English speaking pupils on the English Baccalaureate. This measure looks at achievement in English, math science, foreign language and either history or geography.
· The number of pupils across England with English as a second language has risen to 1.1 million in the past five years.
· The minister of education agreed that “the presence in schools of children who are bilingual or have English as an additional language tends, in fact, to raise overall school performance, not damage it.”