English language learners (ELLs) are students who are learning English and mastering academic content at the same time. There are 150,000 ELLs in public schools, and they are a diverse group. Among them, they speak some 140 languages. Some are newly arrived from other countries; others were born and raised in this region, but do not speak English at home. They are in every grade and every borough. It is a rare teacher that does not have at least a few ELLs in class.
Below is information for those teaching ELL students.