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ELL. A measure of length. In old English the word signifies arm, which sense it still retains in the word elbow. Nature has no standard of measure. The cubit, the ell, the span, palm, hand, finger, (being taken from the individual who uses them) varies. So of the foot, pace, mile, or mille passuum. See Report on Weights and Measures, by the Secretary of State of the United. States, Feb. 22, 1821; Fathom.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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They missed one after another and dropped moodily back, while the trumpet sounded for the third round, and the target was set up fifty ells distant.
Old John having long encroached a good standard inch, full measure, on the liberty of Joe, and having snipped off a Flemish ell in the matter of the parole, grew so despotic and so great, that his thirst for conquest knew no bounds.
Successful schools have a clear and coherent vision of how best to educate their ELLs, with careful attention to teaching, learning, and professional development (Elfers & Stritikus, 2014; Hakuta, 2011).
In recognition of the demographic realities, it is increasingly recognized that mainstream teachers need better preparation for working with ELLs (Gandara et al., 2000).
She begins by discussing how addressing the needs of ELLs is a major challenge facing schools today.
ELLs will account for 40 percent of the school-age population in the United States by the year 2030, according to colorincolorado.org.
Paredes (2011) found that school counselors who participated in simulation experiences related to ELLs increased their levels of ELL self-efficacy.
Many people fairly state that ELLs already use the existing academic support units that are available for all students and that adding a separate unit for a certain population requires more funding, yet adds nothing to the education of these students.
Some of the inequality issues related to language are highlighted when considering ELLs in the deliberative process.
Van Ells presents his meticulously researched view of the Great War in America and WWI: A Traveler's Guide.