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Letter: Language classes ineffective in school

New York City rated less than 10 percent

New York City rated less than 10 percent of its teachers "highly effective" in the latest round of state-required job evaluations this year, compared with nearly 60 percent of teachers across the rest of New York, according to a report issued Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

It's wonderful for America to provide assistance to so many less fortunate children who are coming to this country ["Seeing hope for schools," News, Jan. 9].

But I'm concerned that Long Island is placing most of the money for foreign language instruction in classes for English as a second language. My kids have taken Spanish for several years in school, and I feel that they cannot have a full, fluent conversation. Meanwhile, students receiving ESL assistance have an advantage over my children because they speak Spanish at home.

When was the last time the state Education Department revamped how English-speaking students are taught a language, so instruction can be effective? It should be based more on conversation.

Jean Pawley, Hempstead