English Learners (ELs)

Thinking ahead is critical for teachers of ELL students

by Jennifer Alicandri

Often it’s difficult to think beyond the school year, let alone five or ten years down the line. However, when it comes to our students, it’s critical that we think about their future now. The sobering reality is that ELL students who don’t reach English proficiency by middle school are less likely to graduate or pursue post-high school education. According to the online journal Educationnext.org, “long-term” Ell’s who haven’t reclassified after five years frequently drop out of school, or graduate without the necessary job or higher education skills. Providing students with language, text, and information- rich learning environments now is critical to their long-term success. We encourage you to peruse the PaTTAN ELL web site for further resources.

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