This is a literature review focusing on elements that are vital to leading English language learners to academic success. The nature of the problem and the purpose of the project are introduced. Research questions are posed. The background and significance of the problem are discussed. Implications of various models of English language development, the amount of time necessary for services, specific strategies that are most valuable to these learners, and curricular implications in relation to academic success are all examined. Following this is a conclusion of the research as well as a definition of terms to clarify language used throughout the literature review. A methodology section follows, which reviews the procedures, evaluation plan, assumptions, limitations, and delimitations involved in conducting a research study of the elements of language acquisition that lead English language learners to academic success. Next, the implications for the improvement of practice precede the references. Lastly, there is an appendix, which is an annotated bibliography of resources that are rich in knowledge of effectively leading English language learners to academic success.