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ELL Students

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.