Approximately 8.3% of students in U.S. public schools are youth English Language Learners (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2020) It is crucial to offer Multilingual Education (MLE) programs because it takes seven to ten years for non-native speakers to academically be at the same level as their peers (as cited in Penke, 2018). Therefore, scaffolding is key! Get to know your learners. Provide them with quality bilingual/multilingual teachers. Collect and create visual materials. Present instruction in a variety of ways. Work in small groups and encourage peer interactions. Focus on the young people that need our help.
National Center for Education Statistics [NCES]. (2020, May). English Language Learners in public schools. The Condition of Education.
Penke, H. T. (2018). ELL Students: Literacy Development and Language Development. Journal of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership in Education, 3(1), 59.