Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alvino Fantini


This reader for Advanced ESL students presents current issues in American education, specifically alternatives in the educational system. It consists of eight reading dialogues, each followed by a short glossary, suggested comprehension and discussion questions, and suggested activities, both oral and written. The dialogues present each educational alternative, together with a historical perspective, basic information on pertinent legislation and surrounding controversies.

The suggested comprehension questions (Comprehension) cover the essential points of the dialogues while the suggested discussion questions (Talk It Over) point up related issues which lend themselves to class discussion.

Following the Comprehension and Talk It Over sections are suggested activities (Follow It Up) for students to enhance their understanding of the educational alternatives presented. Most of these activities require the students to take their study of these alternatives out of the classroom and textbook and into the community where these alternatives are being tried and tested.

The Write It Down sections provide various opportunities for the students to engage in writing activities related to the issues discussed and explored in class and the community.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education