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Linguistic Accommodations for ELL Students

Instructor: Jennifer Garcia O'Neill

Jennifer has taught ELL classes more than 10 years and has her Master's of Education in ESL.

Wondering how to support your ELL students while taking assessments? In this lesson, you will learn about different types of linguistic accommodations for ELL students and an explanation of what type of support they provide.

Linguistic Accommodations for ELL Students

ELL students can benefit from linguistic accommodations. This means the student receives special support on federal, state, and/or local assessments. The purpose of the support is to help the student overcome language challenges. When considering linguistic accommodations, it is important to consider the needs of the individual student. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.

Many states have guidelines for what types of accommodations ELL students are able to receive. English language proficiency exams such as ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) are often used to determine whether or not an ELL student qualifies to receive accommodations. Also, states might have guidelines for determining on which tests ELL students can receive accommodations. Continue reading to learn about some of the possible linguistic accommodations.

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