This briefing paper offers clear recommendations to foundations interested in supporting Limited English Proficient (LEP) immigrants. Readers will gain an overview of the LEP population and the challenges these newcomers face. They will also learn about 5 widely replicated models for teaching English to LEP immigrants. The end goal is simple: Empower funders to strategically invest in English acquisition programs that promote stronger immigrant families and brighter economic futures.
The problem: Too many students to teach and too few seats in the classroom
Findings & Stats
Some 2.7 million children in America live in a household where no one aged 14 or older can speak proficient English.
Nearly 65% of adults who are LEP immigrants lack a high school degree.
Tip No. 1 for Funders
To benefit immigrants with lower education levels, invest in programs that teach a combination of English language instruction, basic literacy and math skills, and vocational training.
Tip No. 2 for Funders
Consider supporting vocational English-as-a-Second-Language programs that aim to improve a participant’s workplace English as well as other job-related skills.
Statements & Quotations
By investing strategically in programs to help LEP populations learn English, foundations can play a central role in helping immigrant families overcome one of the most critical challenges to integrating into their new communities.
Improved English skills can lead to increased earnings, greater school readiness for children, improved intergenerational communication in immigrant families, and the confidence to engage in civic life.
Subscribe to our newsletter to get our data, reports and news in your inbox.