Who are Dual Language Learners?

New America’s EdCentral is publishing a part of a 10-week series on research, policies, and practices pertaining to the education of dual language learners (DLLs) in U.S. public schools.

Children between the ages of zero- and eight-years-old are the most diverse age group in the United States. Compared to other age groups, they are more likely to be racial and/or ethnic minorities, be born to immigrant parents, and speak a language other than English. Many of these young children are considered dual language learners (DLLs). Yet despite this fact, it is somewhat difficult to find a good estimation for just how many DLLs there are.

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New America EdCentral: http://www.edcentral.org/dllreader2/