What You'll Find in This Section
There are many reasons an ELL may be having a hard time academically, including language, culture, socio-economic background, or a learning difference or disability. Learn more about some of the factors that are important to understand when looking at the reason ELLs struggle.
One of the most important questions to ask when English language learners (ELLs) are struggling is whether they are receiving sound instruction by educators who are familiar with best practices for language acquisition. This section highlights some of those practices and offers some guiding questions for evaluating whether particular groups of students are succeeding.
What role does language play in the identification and instruction of English language learners who may have disabilities? What language should be used for evaluations and assessments? Learn more from the resources below.
What do you need to know about a student's background and culture when identifying his or her strengths, challenges, and needs? What factors may make a difference for the child? Learn more from these resources and videos, as well as case studies that highlight experiences of students with diverse backgrounds and levels of schooling.
If an English language learner is struggling with reading, it's important to gather as much data as possible about the student's literacy background, strengths, and challenges. It is also important to understand the difference between benchmarks and interventions that are designed for native speakers, versus those that are designed with ELLs in mind. Learn more from the following resources and our interview with ELL literacy expert Dr. Nancy Cloud.