Source: The collective wisdom of authors published in the
February 2016 issue of Educational Leadership, “Helping ELLs Excel”
(Volume 73, Issue 5).
ELLs may not know English, but that
doesn’t indicate how much they know about
everything else. —Barbara Gottschalk, p. 62
When a person arrives in a country where he or
she doesn’t speak the language, observation is the
first instinct, and silence is a coping mechanism.
—David R. M. Saavedra, p. 66
Bringing ESL teachers into the classroom
benefits all students, not just ELLs, because many
students struggle with reading comprehension
and formal writing. —Margarita Calderón, online
Compared with fluent speakers of English,
ELLs are held accountable on more measures of
assessment and spend more time being assessed.
—Diane Staehr Fenner, online
Bilingual programs generally benefit ELLs as
much as or more than English immersion.
—Ilana M. Umansky, Rachel A. Valentino,
and Sean F. Reardon, p. 10
The better ELLs can speak and understand
English, the better they can read and write it.
— Wayne E. Wright, p. 24
The most important step an educator can take
to overcome barriers ELLs’ families face to
participating in their child’s education is to get to
know each family and its story. —Lydia Breiseth, p. 46
If I were an English language learner,
concrete to help me find my way.
—Carol Ann Tomlinson, p. 89