Our secondary schools, generally those for grades 6-12, are faced with a series of special needs populations among which are the ESL students. Ideally those in these programs are recent immigrants who need special help learning English as they attempt to keep up in the regular curriculum.
In the past very few materials have been developed specifically for these students. I'm not talking about math books in Spanish, which would only slow down English acquisition for these adolescents, but rather appropriately designed materials that teach the vocabulary, and the reading and writing skills necessary to understand what is going on in the math classroom.
We need to see a fusion or an interconnection between the goals of math teachers and ESL teachers. Nowhere do we address the special needs of this group of students in connection with mathematics, and we usually assign the math instruction of ESL students to math teachers who have been given little training and almost zero support in this endeavor.