Emergent bilinguals are the future: How do we support educators to ensure their success?
The number of emergent bilinguals, also known as English language learners (ELLs) or English learners (ELs), has nearly doubled—to about 5 million, roughly 10% of all students in our public schools. By 2025, emergent bilinguals are projected to account for 25% of the total K–12 enrollment in the US (NEA, 2019). Combined, these numbers tell a story: emergent bilinguals are our future.
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