I am wondering how other districts in the state handle speech services for ELLs. Are ELLs entitled to speech articulation if they need it? If so, where can I find documentation in the law to support that? How do schools determine the difference between an accent and an articulation problem?
Your help is much appreciated.
Here is information from our Special Education and ELL Q&A:
"Can bilingual/ESL students receive speech-language services?
Yes, according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.6, "eligible for speech-language services" means a speech and/or language disorder as follows: A speech disorder in articulation, phonology, fluency, voice, or any combination, unrelated to dialect, cultural differences or the influence of a foreign language, which adversely affects a student's educational performance."
This means bilingual/ESL students can receive speech services if they have a disorder that is in addition to dialect, cultural differences or the influence of a foreign language. For example, ELLs who have a speech disorder related to articulation (which may be determined by assessing articulation difficulties that present themselves in both their native language and English) are eligible for speech-related services.
I hope that this information is helpful.
Title III Education Program Development Specialist
New Jersey Department of Education