English Language Learners

Individuals who are described as having Limited English Proficiency (LEP) are those who:

  • Were not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;
  • Come from environments where a language other than English is dominant; or
  • Have sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language to deny those individuals the opportunity to learn successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction is English or to participate fully in our society.

Limited English-Proficient Learner

  • Difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English
  • Limited opportunity for success in English-speaking classrooms
  • Speaks at a slow pace
  • Incomplete documentation of past academic experiences
  • Low self-esteem
  • Afraid to acknowledge misunderstanding
  • May require English as a second language (ESL) services
  • Native customs may encourage different work habits
  • Difficulty comprehending
  • Lack of employment orientation skills
  • Lack of job survival skills
  • Comes from environment where language other than English is dominant
  • Difficulty establishing interpersonal skills
  • Cultural differences
  • Native language is not English
  • Low reading level
    Free Online Course = 1 CPE credit
    Working with English Language Learners – Best Practices for CTE Teachers http://extensiononline.tamu.edu/courses/cte_teachers.php
    Additional Resources:
  • Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division, English language
    learners assessment information:
  • Texas State University System (TSUS) Math for English Language
    Learners (MELL): www.tsusmell.org/campuspartnerships/texasstate.html
  • National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE): www.nabe.org
  • Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE): www.tabe.org
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL):
  • Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of
    English Language Learners (CREATE): www.cal.org/create

The Four Corner Vocabulary Activity (see below) is a great instructional strategy for English Language Learners. A variation of this activity is to have students document the information, using an index card per word, and create their own Personal Dictionary. The left hand corner of each index cards can be hole punched and deck can be held together with an over-sized notebook ring.