There were over 5 million students enrolled in public schools (pre-K through Grade 12) for the 2008-2009 school year who are still in the process of learning English. These students fall under the No Child Left Behind subgoup Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Once these children learn English to the extent that they are capable of understanding academic language that is used in the classrooms, they will be considered bilingual. However, the road to bilingualism varies greatly for different children of different ages. Dr. Alejandro Brice, 2012-2014 Chair, ASHA Multicultural Issues Board, Dr. Mahchid Namazi, Assistant Professor at Kean University and Patricia Murray, M.A., LDT/C, Advocate and Educational Consultant Educational Resources for Success, LLC , share their knowledge of how LEP children acquire English.

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