ELL students are the fastest-growing K–12 population in the country, yet professional development for educators has not yet caught up. Fortunately, technology offers some easy ways to help these students build vocabulary, achieve reading fluency, improve comprehension, access curriculum content, and strengthen their home-school connections. The effort of teaching reading to ESL kids is even more difficult, considering that most are already intimidated by English texts. The ELL population is growing , with increases of over 40% in five states between 2009 and 2014, and it is projected to grow further in the coming years. The natural tendency is for the reader to translate the words into the native language in their head as they reads. The Department of Education reports that English Language Learners (ELLs) “represent 10% of the total K-12 student population,” which translates to over 4 million students. This practice slows the reader down and keeps the focus on individual words as opposed to overall meaning of the text. You can aid student comprehension by scaffolding language (providing extra supports such as realia, graphic organizers , visuals, etc. Non native speakers of English who are in an ELL classroom face struggles with reading in English even if they are already strong readers in their native language. ). Audio books are a great way to help improve ELL students' reading comprehension. Remember that ELLs may not understand instructions and key vocabulary words, and that reading something aloud doesn't always help comprehension.