By 2020, it is projected that 1 in 4 students in U.S. classrooms will be English Language Learners (ELLs). Because ELLs represent one of the fastest growing student populations in education, demand for teachers who are equipped with the skills to teach students learning English is greater than ever before.
In Canada, the need for educators of English Language Learners is just as important, especially because Canada opens its doors to approximately 250,000 immigrants annually. Toronto, especially, has been identified by the United Nations as the most culturally diverse city in the world. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB), according to its ESL/ELD Program Coordinator, Paula Markus, is the largest and most linguistically and culturally diverse school district in Canada. More than 50% of students in the TDSB speak a language other than English at home.