Classrooms across the United States are becoming increasingly diverse with increasing numbers of students whose primary home languages are not English. State-reported data in 2008-2009 estimated 10% of the U.S. school-aged population (PreK-12th grade) as students identified as limited English proficient. Terms more widely accepted and used are English language learners or simply English Learners (ELs).
To adequately assist ELs in learning both content concepts and English simultaneously, all educators need to view themselves as language teachers. Here are 10 tips for supporting ELs in general education classrooms.