CSUF and AUHSD partner to support newcomers and other ELs

Solve for X:

(73 newcomers + 15 countries + 12 languages + 1 university + 1 district) x 4 weeks of summer = X


X = Summer Language Academy

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The following article by staff writer, Matthew Ormseth, was published in the Orange County Register on August 8, 2106.  Photo Credit:  Matt Masin, Staff Photographer

CSUF staff, students pitch in at Summer Language Academy for newcomers to the U.S.

Cal State Fullerton associate professor Fernando Rodríguez-Valls is training a new generation of bilingual teachers in CSUF’s College of Education, but even bilingualism can only get him and his four student teachers so far in the Summer Language Academy, an English-learners program run by the university and Anaheim Union High School District.

“We have students from 15 different countries, speaking 12 different languages,” Rodríguez-Valls said. “When you don’t speak the student’s first language, that is a challenge, but we try to work around that.”

The Summer Language Academy is held at Savanna High School in Anaheim. Seventy-three ninth- and 10th-graders from across the district participate in the program, which runs for four weeks. Most participants immigrated to the United States in the past three years, but some arrived as recently as six months ago.

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