English Language Learners

College_graduate_with_cap-L_resizedApproximately 10% of American pre-K through 12th grade students are English as a Second Language (ESL). Did you know that ESL students are the fastest growing American population?

Captioned videos help significantly improve grammar, vocabulary, listening skills, word recognition, and reading comprehension of people who are learning English. Captions have quickly become an integral part of ESL classrooms. These benefits are helping to serve the growing community of English language learners.

For more information on how you can help to make sure your favorite TV show or event is accessible to everyone, please contact one of these advocacy groups:

  • Kindler, A.L., “Survey of the States’ Limited English Proficient Students and Available Educational Programs and Services, 2000-2001 Summary Report,” National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs, 2002.
  • United States Department of Education. (2006) Secretary Spellings Announces Partnership with States to Improve Accountability for Limited English Proficient Students.
  • Ellsworth, T. (1992), October. Integrating subtitled video into your teaching, “English Teaching Forum.”
  • Garza, T. (1991). Evaluating the use of captioned video materials in advanced foreign language learning. “Foreign Language Annals, 24(3), “ 239-58.
  • Rees, T. (1993). “Closed captions in the classroom.” Unpublished manuscript. Northampton, MA: International Language Institute of Massachusetts.