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Fact Sheet US Department of Education

Feb 09, 2016 2016-02-09

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SPOTLIGHT! On New Faces of Black Americans

A fact sheet from the US Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans shows that Spanish, French Creole, and French are the most common languages spoken at home by the 130,000-plus English learners.

Roughly 40 percent of black English learners speak Spanish at home. Although the most commonly spoken languages are most often identified with Central American and African countries, Arabic, Vietnamese, Japanese, and German are among the 15 most common languages spoken by black ELLs.

The White House has released the first in a series of tools developed in partnership with the OELA to support educators and communities who work with black students and families from around the world.

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