English Language Learners

Ohio's Support Guide for Teachers of English Learners

If you have questions regarding serving English learners, please call the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Integrated Student Supports at (614) 466-4109 or send an email to [email protected]

As schools work to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by addressing the health and safety needs of all students, the Ohio Department of Education remains committed to providing supports for Ohio’s educators as they ensure English learners receive critical information and continue remote learning. 

The Ohio Department of Education's Lau Resource Center has created Ohio's Support Guide for Teachers of English Learners. The document provides strategies and resources for educators as they work to serve Ohio's English learners and their families. The document also includes a (FAQ) frequently asked questions section to address some of the more common questions the Department has received related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the ordered school-building closure.  


English Language Learners are students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs. 


English Learner (EL)

The term English Learner refers to those students whose native or home language is other than, or in addition to, English, and whose current limitations in the ability to understand, speak, read or write in English inhibit their effective participation in a school's educational program and their ability to achieve the required academic standards. The terms English Language Learner (ELL) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) are other terms that refer to the same group of students.
English Language Learner (ELL)
The term English Language Learner is another term used for English Learner and for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students.


Ohio Department of Education Resources

Ohio Department of Education - English Learners

Guidelines for the Identification and Assessment of Limited English Proficiency Students

Identifying English Learners in Ohio

Guidelines for Referral and Identification of English Learners with Disabilities

Ohio English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

Qualification for Teachers Providing Language Instruction Educational Programs for English Learners 



OELPA (Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment)



Translated Family Reports

Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS) 


Multi-tiered Systems of Support for English Learners


(Model Demonstration Research sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education) 

Meeting the Needs of English Learners With and Without Disabilities - Brief 1 

Effective Practices for English Learners

Brief 1: Meeting the Needs of English Learner Through a Multi-tiered Instructional Framework

Brief 2: Assessment and Data-Based Decision-Making

Brief 3: Core and Supplemental English as a Second Language Literacy Instruction for English Learners

Brief 4: Core and Supplemental Bi-literacy Instruction for English Learners 

Brief 5: Professional Development to Support a Multi-tiered Instructional Framework 



Colorín Colorado- A bilingual site for educators and families of English Language Learners 

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition 

The Office of Head Start's Dual Language Learner Toolkit 

Free Resources to Support English Language Learners- ASCD 


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 US Department of Education Tool Kits

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