When it comes to supporting Spanish-speaking students and English-language learners (ELLs), which is more important: academic supports, or social and emotional learning (SEL)? Research shows that improving the social-emotional well-being of language learners may be just as important as academic instructional supports.

SEL can help address many key concerns that may be impacting ELL students’ ability to learn English and succeed academically. Specifically, SEL can help ELL students learn how to cope with high stress levels, overcome difficulties with classmates, stay on-task, overcome feelings of loneliness and sadness, and reduce anxiety levels. Increasing social-emotional competence in these areas can in turn lead to improved academic success.

SEL assessment data can help educators improve the academic performance of Spanish-speaking students. The infographic below outlines best practices for collecting and utilizing SEL data, as well as key considerations to keep in mind when supporting ELL students with SEL.

Supporting Spanish-speaking students and ELLs with SEL can help them adjust to their new environment and build the skills they need to become ready to learn. SEL assessment data can help educators know which skills to prioritize and how to tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of ELL students.

Learn more about supporting language learners with SEL in our blogs, 5 Ways to Engage ELLs with SEL and How SEL Can Help ELL/Immigrant Students and Educators’ Ability to Support Them.