What about an ELL with a learning disability?
This is a very common question and one that requires educators to consider many factors before referring an ELL to special education. Just like native speakers of English, ELLs may have learning differences that require the additional support of an IEP and special education. At the same time, it is crucial that we be mindful that having temporary low proficiency in a second language is not a disability, it is a natural part of the language acquisition process.
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