Arizona Department Of Education To Examine English Accents Of TeachersMay 25th, 2010 - 6:34 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar
Arizona, May 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Dr. Tom Horne the state Superintendent of public instruction has mentioned to media sources that the Arizona Department of Education will be sending evaluators to inspect school teachers for their English speaking skills. This will be done to ensure that the district schools are complying with the set standard of the state and the federal government. The evaluators will not only examine whether the teachers are making any grammatical errors while speaking English or are fluent in English or not, but also whether they have a heavy accent. Teachers with heavy accent or any other of the above mentioned faults will be reassigned according to Dr. Tom Horne.
Reports claim that in the state of Arizona, out of the total 1.2 million students who attend public schools, around 150,000 are studying English as a second language. The State Superintendent of public instruction said that it is his job to make sure that the children who are opting for the second language English are taught the language in the “most rigorous possible way” so that such students get the opportunity to not only learn the language fast but also compete with other students and fair well academically. Dr. Tom Horne said that as the science teacher is expected to know his subject well and a mathematics teacher knows mathematics, an English teacher is expected to know English.
Though most of the district’s schools have teacher who comply with the standard set by the federal government there are also few who fall short of the standard. Dr. Charlotte Boyle of the Creighton School District has mentioned to media sources reportedly that there are many teachers who will not pass the fluency test.
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