Conversational language proficiency differs from academic proficiency. Often, ELLs are able to communicate in spoken English, than they are able to academically perform in English.

http://www.iteachilearn.com/cummins/converacademlangdisti.html

Why do you think ELLs typically learn to speak in English


What is your language learning experience? Have you learned to speak your 2nd language more quickly than you learned to study a content area in that subject?