English Language Learners & LD
The complex issue of students with limited English proficiency who may also have learning disabilities is explored in this section.
There are 10 articles in this section.
Concrete suggestions for teachers who want to communicate well with all of their students, especially English language learners and students with learning disabilities.
Children with learning disabilities (LDs) in reading and youngsters who are English language learners (ELLs) both are at risk for low reading achievement, but for different reasons. Children with genuine LDs in reading have intrinsic learning difficulties or differences, often related to problems in phonological processing that impact their word identification skills. ELLs usually can learn to read normally in their native language, but they lack sufficient exposure to both spoken and written English, which can adversely affect their development of English literacy. When both situations coexist for the same youngster---when a child with a learning disability happens also to be an English language learner---the issues surrounding identification and remediation can be very complex.
How can you tell when a student has a language-learning disability and when he or she is merely in the normal process of acquiring a second language?
Students struggle in school for a variety of reasons. Unless these students receive appropriate intervention, they will continue to struggle, and the gap between their achievement and that of their peers will widen over time.
Learning to read in a new language involves different skills than learning to speak. Here's how teachers can make sure ELLs are getting solid reading instruction.
In an ESL classroom, the challenges of learning English can mask a student's own challenges to learn. By understanding the four categories of difficulties for LD students, the instructor can distinguish LD behavior patterns from standard ESL challenges. Find out more about them, as well as fifteen learning strategies can easily be implemented into the classroom and help all students.