There are many different ways students who speak multiple languages choose to identify themselves. For the sake of this chapter, we will refer to people who speak one or more non-English language as multilingual, as we find it to be a broad term that encompasses many identities. This, by no means, implies that every person who speaks two or more languages will choose to identify solely, or even partially, with the term multilingual, as there are countless other terms used when discussing this topic. Some of the other terms multilingual individuals may choose to identify themselves as includes the following.
Many of these terms and acronyms frame language use in relation to English. That is why we like the term multilingualism, as it takes a stance on decentering English.