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Multilingual/ English Language Learners (ML/EL)

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Multilingual is a strengths-based label that recognizes those students who have the ability to become bilingual or multilingual through school-based instruction and highlights that the ability to speak more than one language is a highly valuable life skill. 

Divisions across the Commonwealth of Virginia serve over 105,000 Multilingual students, who speak over 240 languages, and come from a variety of learning and cultural backgrounds.These students bring a unique set of assets that have the potential to enrich the experiences of all learners and educators.The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) works for the embodiment of an asset-based approach to educating Multilingual students that honors their primary languages, background knowledge, and experiences.

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