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Limited-English proficiency

Persons who have difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language because they are individuals who:

  • were not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; or
  • come from environments where a language other than English is dominant; or
  • are American Indian and Alaskan Natives and who come from environments where a language other than English has had a significant impact on their level of English language proficiency; and
  • by reason, thereof, are denied the opportunity to learn successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction is English or to participate fully in our society.”

 

View Source: Adapted from A Study of Programs and Demographics for Students of Limited English Proficiency in Delaware Schools 1995-1996 School Year, Delaware Department of Education, 1996)