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English Language Learners (ELL) in the Mainstream

Part One: The Students

There are more than 270,319 students for whom English is not their first language. These PreK-12 New Jersey students speak approximately 162 languages. Of these students, 62,940 are limited English proficient. Who are these students and what do New Jersey schools and teachers have to do to educate them?


US Census 2000 Data:
New Jersey.

Frequently Asked Questions from NJDOE's Office Of Bilingual Education.







  Discussion Rubric

ELL: A Definition
ELL Demographics for NJ

ELL Intake Procedures


When new English Language Learners enter your school district, there are six main intake procedures, which should be followed. These include:

1. Completing a registration form
2. Completing a home language survey
3. Securing all health and education documents
4. Taking the new student[s] on a school tour
5. Testing - English proficiency
6. Sending parent notification letters and securing parental consent.

Sensitizing School Personnel
  1. School Climate Use attached Word document. Add additional ideas/activities as desired.
2. Parental Needs Use attached Word document to see if you are supporting parental needs.