PA Department of Education ESL Website There are approximately 47,567 English Language Learners (ELLs) speaking in 229 different languages in Pennsylvania. The education of students whose dominant language is not English and who are ELLs is the responsibility of every Local Education Agency (LEA). Title 22, Chapter 4, Section 4.26 of the Curriculum Regulations requires the LEA to provide a program for every student who is limited English proficient (LEP) or an English language learner (ELL).
The goal of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs is to facilitate the acquisition of English language skills of students whose native or first language is not English. Without core program instruction in social and academic English and appropriate support, these students are at risk of losing the educational opportunities provided to students generally.