Emergent Bilinguals are one of the fastest-growing segments among school-age children in the U.S. According to the National Center of Educational Statistics, one out of 10 children in classrooms across the nation are Emergent Bilinguals, also known as English Language Learners (ELLs) or English Learners (ELs). Since 2010, the number of students who are English Learners has increased by more than half a million. Despite these growing numbers, as a group, Emergent Bilinguals have not been given the instruction they need to perform as well as their monolingual peers.
Why we use the term ‘Emergent Bilinguals’
For the 5 million Emergent Bilingual students in America, honoring students’ culture and life experiences is essential to accelerate English language and literacy acquisition. The language we use matters. Terms like “English Language Learners” emphasize what students don’t know, as opposed to what they do. The phrase “Emergent Bilinguals,” on the other hand, celebrates the asset of bilingualism that these students bring to our schools and our society. As the number of Emergent Bilingual students continues to increase nationwide, school leaders need smarter ways to ensure better academic outcomes for every learner. This means providing both teachers and Emergent Bilingual learners with the tools they need for success.
Work at Lexia
Founded on one person’s dream to help struggling readers with limited access to resources, Lexia has always been and remains a company based on passion, integrity, and determination. Our team of professionals in education, reading research, software programming, and business is dedicated to improving student literacy through the use of technology.
Just as Lexia began with one person, Lexia strongly values the individual, recognizing the capabilities of each person and the power that results from combining the minds of many creative and intelligent people. Though Lexia continues to grow in size, the company maintains its close-knit culture, casual atmosphere, and dedication to excellence.
Strong Foundations and Ongoing Growth
Lexia was founded in 1984 by Bob Lemire. Bob wasn’t a reading specialist or researcher and he wasn’t looking for a new career; he was already a well-respected investment advisor and land-use consultant. What Bob Lemire did have, though, was a son diagnosed with dyslexia.
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