I was recently asked about resources on Long-Term English Language Learners (LTELs) – students who have been ELLs for six years or longer – and thought readers would find a “Best” list useful. Feel free to suggest links I’ve missed:

Helping Long-Term ELL’s is from my Ed Week column.

Long-term English learner students: Spotlight on an overlooked population is from REL West. Thanks to Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah for the tip.

State Reports Data on Long Term English Learners and Students at Risk of Becoming Long Term English Learners is from Californian’s Together.

The Difficult Road for Long-Term English Learners is from ASCD.

Meeting The Unique Needs Of Long-Term English Language Learners is from NEA.

Changing Course For Long Term English Language Learners is by Laurie Olsen.

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation on the topic.

For Stalled ELL Students, Graduation Is Often an Elusive Goal is from Ed Week.

Helping English-Learners Break Through Language Plateaus is by Wendi Pillars.

Here’s My Tentative Plan For A Support Class For Long-Term English Language Learners – Tell Me How I Can Make It Better


Pushing Past Myths: Designing Instruction for Long-Term English Learners is by Maneka Deanna Brooks.

Update On The Pilot Class Providing Support To Long-Term ELLs I’ll Be Teaching Next Year