Monday, February 23, 2015

Strong claims require strong evidence.

Sent to the Oregonian, Feb. 23, 2015

"As teaching methods improve, Oregon cuts years off English-language instruction," (Feb. 21) is based on the finding that there are currently fewer students in ESL classes in upper grades than in previous years. This evidence, at best, is only slightly suggestive. Fewer students in ESL classes could be the result changes in reclassification criteria, increased drop-out rates, changes in the test (a new test was introduced in 2008), and more teaching to the test.

Strong claims of superiority for a teaching method should be made of sterner stuff.

Stephen Krashen

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