English Language Learners

An English language learner (ELL) is a student whose first language is not English, is in the process of acquiring English, and is not yet able to profit fully from English-only instruction. English language learners are a heterogeneous group of students who differ in many ways.

"ELLs are the fastest growing segment of the student population."

- National Council for Teachers of English

Regulations and Guidance

Procedure for the Identification of ELLs Module

To access the pre-recorded online training series, please click the link below that applies to your device and browser capabilities: 

Entrance and Exit Criteria for ELL

Home language Survey

Now available in 6 languages!

All districts in RI are required to use this Home Language survey as part of their registration process.


Program Models

  • District ELL Program Description Worksheet
    This document serves as a worksheet to determine the particular English Language Instructional Program model(s) employed in your district/school and to ensure that the program model(s) are comprehensively designed and implemented with respect to current research.  Any given district may have more than one model in place, so it may be necessary to evaluate programs by school.

Professional Development


Pre-Recorded Online Training Presentations

Be Informed!

Data Resources

Resources for Educators

Resources for Families



The State Advisory Council for Limited-English Proficient Students/English Language Learners has been established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to advise the Commissioner of Education on all matters pertaining to the education of limited-English proficient students/English language learners; and provide other programmatic recommendations, as it deems necessary. 

Meeting Dates:

  • October 10, 2013 - 6:15-8:15 PM
    Location: Room 307 RIC Student Union
  • December 5, 2013 - 6:15-8:15 PM
    Location: TBD
  • February 13, 2014 - 6:15-8:15 PM  
    Location: TBD
  • May 8, 2014 - 6:15-8:15 PM  
    Location: TBD

Be Informed!

Additional Information:

Get in Touch!

ELL State Advisory Council Officers: