English Language Learners
Over 400 languages are spoken by students who are English Language Learners nationwide. English Language Learners comprise 10 percent of the student population enrolled in U.S. K–12 schools—the fastest-growing group of students in our nation’s schools. These students bring a rich cultural diversity to our student populations and communities, but with a language barrier to participation and access in the education system, ELL students are also disproportionately underserved.
Unfortunately, these demographic changes haven’t seen parallel changes in the way schools perceive and educate ELL students. Many educators are underprepared to meet the linguistic and academic needs of ELLs, and many lack the cultural competence to deal with this diverse group of students. At the same time, current school resources are inadequate for providing the training and support ELL educators and students need.
Want to be an advocate for language-minority students? This National Education Association guide offers strategies, resources, and step-by-step instructions for navigating the real-life issues educators encounter every day.