To best serve their students, bilingual special education teachers should have an appropriate knowledge of language:
They should speak both English and the students' native tongue fluently, know the structural differences between
those languages, understand the nature of bilingualism and the process of becoming bilingual, have experience teaching ESL,
be able to assess students' proficiency in both languages, and develop curricula that integrate language and content.
Furthermore, bilingual special education teachers should use assessment tools and techniques appropriate for linguistically
and culturally different special education students, demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the
students, be aware of the effects of this diversity on students' development and learning, deliver culturally relevant
lessons, and provide challenging and innovative instruction appropriate to the students' exceptionalities (Rodriguez &
Please see the Communication Disorders page for further discussion of issues concerning bilingual students.