Montgomery County, MD

Of the approximately 1 million people that reside in Montgomery County, 32.6% are foreign-born.  (U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts)  An estimated 126,000 adult residents of Montgomery County self-identify as speaking English “less than very well”, or Limited English Proficient (LEP).*  In FY17, approximately 10% of the LEP population attended at least one adult ESOL class.  Given the need, MCAEL supports nonprofits, faith-based organizations and works with businesses and county government to increase the number of LEP individuals who have access to ESOL classes.  

Click to enlargeTo gain a better understanding of the need, MCAEL partnered with CountyStat in 2015 to map U.S. Census data on the Limited English Proficient population in Montgomery County and learner demographic data collected by a large number of adult ESOL programs in the MCAEL network. In this way, MCAEL has been able to identify where needs are more successfully being met, as well as gaps in service, by geographic area and by language group.  MCAEL has produced an annual interactive data presentation since then, which is used to guide the annual MCAEL grant process.  This presentation is available as a community resource.

Click here to access interactive maps in our FY17 Data Presentation. 

Through its professional development meetings and workshops, MCAEL has strengthened the ability of program managers and instructors to deliver quality ESOL classes.

*Note: Language ability categorization is based on responses to the American Community Survey questions: "Does this person speak a language other than English at home? What is this language? How well does this person speak English?" While language ability is self-reported, recent research supports the validity of this data.

 

Quality Instruction

FY17 MCAEL convened 8 provider meetings and 12 instructor workshops to help instructors and providers network, collaborate and share resources and research-based practices.

Quality Classroom InstructionMCAEL provided a total of 69 hours of comprehensive professional development.

Increasing Access

From FY2007 to FY2017, the MCAEL Grant Program has supported a total of 45 programs many with continuing funding year to year.

 

FY2017 MCAEL:

  • Supported 443 classes
  • Total enrollment is 7,238 learners (for summer, fall, winter, and spring sessions).

Quality Instruction

FY17 MCAEL convened 8 provider meetings and 12 instructor workshops to help instructors and providers network, collaborate and share resources and research-based practices.

Quality Classroom InstructionMCAEL provided a total of 69 hours of comprehensive professional development.

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