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  Why don't students take a year from regular schooling and take English immersion classes, so that they can perform better in my class, and other classes?  
First, it takes at least 7 years to develop academic proficiency. So we would not want students missing 7 years of content education in order to receive immersed English instruction. Research sho...

  How long does it take for someone to acquire a new language?  
Research indicates that it takes at least 1 year to acquire conversational skills in a new language. It takes at least 7 years to 10 years to develop academic proficiency in the second language.

  How much additional planning and time does it take to prepare lessons and teach them to English language learners?  
If you have English language learners in your classes, you do need additional preparation time to ensure that you are using best practices in your lesson development and delivery. However, you should ...

  I find that most ELLs are not that interested in learning English.  
Basic motivation theory reveals that people are motivated by things they have an aptitude for, have some success in, find relevant, and in which they perceive an ability for future growth. Many t...

  If I have students read much and often in English, will that help them learn vocabulary?  
Research indicates that the learning process is not a passive activity but an active activity. This is the same for vocabulary. Merely reading a book will add to one's vocabulary and language proficie...