ELL students, also known as English Language Learners, are students who learn the language of instruction—English—at the same time that they learn the curriculum. ELL students’ first language is a language other than English. These students require modified instruction in their ESL (English as a Second Language) program as well as throughout their other academic courses.
ELL students refer to students who cannot communicate in English fluently and usually come from non-English speaking homes. ELLs are the fastest-growing segment of school-age students in the U.S. and represent a variety of languages, cultures, nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds.