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There are many terms and acronyms used in the ELL world. It's important to get familiar with the terms used in your school, district, and state, which may be different than in other settings. A summary of some common terms is below.
These include different terms for students, some of which highlight students' multilingual skills, such as:
You may also see terms related to specific populations of students, such as:
There are also terms related to instruction, such as:
And there are lots of terms related to bilingual or dual-language education.
Note: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an international association of ESL professionals.
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