“Limited English Proficient”. A person with Limited English Proficiency is someone whose native language(s) are not English, who is living in a culture where English is the predominant civic language, and whose English skills are not developed well enough to accomplish certain specific tasks. This term is used by the U.S. government to describe people who say that they do not speak English “very well”. About 9% of the U.S. population, or 25 million people, fall into this category.

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