Connections: October 3, 2023

10 Assumptions to Rethink About English-Language Learners

English-language learners (ELLs) are among the fastest-growing populations in our schools. They comprise about 10 percent of the student population across the nation and about six percent of the student population in Iowa.

At Northwest AEA, we serve around 5,400 ELLs within our public and non-public schools who speak more than 55 languages.

New and veteran teachers may often feel unprepared when teaching ELLs.  These feelings may manifest into assumptions that are not based on facts.

Anabel Gonzales, Secondary ESL Teacher in the Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina, has compiled a list of common assumptions that might affect our ability to relate to our ELLs.

For the complete article, click here.

Sherri Anderson, Educational Consultant