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 do not have well-developed 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
  • Have overall school performance is low, with poor grades and grade retention commonplace, making this population at high risk for dropping out

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

By 8th grade, students who are still classified as English learners, demonstrate some of the lowest performance of any student group and, by 11th grade, 78% of English learners are at the below- and far-below-basic levels in language arts. With no time to waste, schools must re-engage these students to accelerate their English language development and academic standing.

Long-term English learners need exciting content and consistent instructional routines to develop sophisticated forms and functions of the English language. In English 3D, students receive daily opportunities to participate in advanced academic tasks and interactions so that they develop the skills they need to be vibrant members of a school’s learning community and be on a path to college and career readiness.