Training for ESL teachers aims to help break down language barriers


About 67,000 Dallas ISD students are designated as English Language Learners, those who do not natively speak English. That represents more than 40 percent of the district’s total student population of 160,000 students.

This week, Dallas ISD English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers are taking time out from summer break to better prepare for the coming school year. For the first time, a special training designed to address challenges unique to their classrooms.

The training, conducted at Sam Tasby Middle School, included guest experts who presented information to attendees. Tuesday morning’s first session focused on how social-emotional learning affects the achievement of English Language Learners and was led by Dr. Feyi Obamehinti, Migrant/ESL Consultant for the Region 10 Educational Service Center.

Dallas ISD’s Bilingual/ESL Department coordinated the training.

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