Helpful ESL Resources

Educator Resources
ESL/ELL Resources For Teachers, Parents, and their Students
Recursos de ESL/ELL para Maetros, Padres y sus Estudiantes
Teacher Resource Guidebook: Teaching a Multicultural Classroom

For Students
Student Multicultural Guidebook: Creating and Embracing a Diverse Environment
Financial Aid and Scholarships for Minority Students
Financial Aid and Scholarships for Hispanic Students
Dave’s ESL Cafe

English language learners are a diverse group of students, with different language, academic, and social-emotional needs.  Students who speak the same language or have similar levels of language proficiency may need very different kinds of support to succeed in the classroom. Learn more about the growing ELL population around the country from these materials, as well as some of the special populations.

Texas: ELL Resources

In 2019, Texas’s schools were home to more than 1.1 million English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Texas have been Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, and Urdu. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America’s English Learner Accountability Hub.

State ELL Resources

Texas Education Agency

Related Resources

Statewide Organizations

Regional / community organizations

Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in May 2022. If you see something that needs updating, please send an e-mail to Colorín Colorado. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please see the following:


U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners.Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.


ELL Glossary

ELL Glossary | Colorín Colorado (colorincolorado.org)


ELL Resources by Grade

These resources for English Language Learners (ELLs) from Colorín Colorado are age-specific and are organized by grade. Some resources may be adaptable for younger or older students.

Each section contains a variety of resources, including articles, videos, webcasts, tip sheets, and recommended websites.

Preschool and Kindergarten: ELLs

This section focuses on the early education of young English language learners (ELLs).  Resources include a webcast, classroom strategies, parent tips, research and policy recommendations, and recommended books and websites.

ELLs in Elementary School

These resources offer grade-specific ideas for teaching and supporting English language learners (ELLs) in early and upper elementary school.  Ideas include tips for classroom teachers as well as ESL teachers.

ELLs in Middle & High School

This section includes a number of resources focused on English Language Learners (ELLs) in middle and high school. Topics include reading instruction for older students, content instructionsocial and emotional issues, and college readiness.