Defining ESL vs. ELL

Defining ESL vs. ELL
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Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Are all of the acronyms found in English language instruction confusing you? This lesson helps to clarify the differences between ESL and ELL, as well as other similar acronyms in PK-12 education.

Alphabet Soup

With all of the acronyms and alphabet soup thrown around in education, it's no wonder that there is sometimes confusion. This is especially true in the realm of English language education. ESL, ELL, LEP, TESOL… and the list goes on. Fortunately, in mainstream PK-12 education, the two you will most likely come across are ESL and ELL. Unfortunately, the difference between the two isn't always clear.

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