Long-Term English Learners

CHARACTERISTICS OF LONG-TERM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Long-term English learners:

  • Have lived most or all of their lives in the United States
  • Are often orally bilingual and sound like native English speakers, but they haven’t developed strong academic literacy skills in English
  • Often have developed habits of non-engagement, learned passivity, and invisibility in school
  • Perform below grade level in reading and writing and, as a result, struggle in all content areas

The Facts at a Glance

What can your school do to help long-term English language learners?

With low school performance, poor grades and likelihood of grade retention, these long-term English learners are at high risk of dropping out. English 3D is specifically designed to pair content that excites discouraged students with explicit and informed literacy and language instruction, which helps to place students on an intensive, accelerated pathway to becoming lifelong language learners.