OHS Definition of Dual Language Learners

Dual language learners (DLLs) are children learning two (or more) languages at the same time, as well as those learning a second language while continuing to develop their first (or home) language. For the purposes of this report, the term dual language learners encompasses other terms frequently used, such as Limited English Proficient (LEP), bilingual, English language learners (ELL), English learners, and children who speak a language other than English (LOTE).

The OHS report, Dual Language Learning: What Does it Take?, will help you learn about children who are dual language learners in Head Start. [PDF, 916KB]

OHS Definition of Dual Language Learners. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English. 

Last Reviewed: January 2016

Last Updated: January 22, 2016