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6 Myths About ELL Students—Debunked!

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Exposure to Native Speakers is Sufficient

Myth: ELL students can learn English quickly if they are exposed to native speakers.

Fact: Mere exposure to English is not enough to ensure native language proficiency. It may help the child speak more proficiently, but their academic competence will develop slower than their native language peers. In fact, there is some evidence that academic competence develops at a faster rate in international schools where children are not simply surrounded by native speakers.